CAMPBELLTON, NB, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Both employers and workers in the
manufacturing sector will benefit from a project that will promote
essential skills development in the workplace as a result of funding
provided by the Government of Canada. The announcement was made by the
Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development and Member of Parliament for
Madawaska-Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Minister Valcourt. "That's why our
government makes strategic investments in organizations such as the
Community Business Development Corporation Restigouche: to ensure more
Canadians have the essential skills required to succeed in today's
The Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Restigouche is
receiving over $1.9 million from the federal Adult Learning, Literacy
and Essential Skills Program.
The CBDC's research project will examine how investments in literacy and
essential skills enhance the performance of small and medium-size
businesses in the manufacturing sector. As a result of this research
project, a tool will be made available to employers to help them assess
how investments in literacy and essential skills training can enhance
their business performance.
"We are very thankful for the Government of Canada's support and
investment in our organization," said Michel Guitard, Executive
Director of the CBDC Restigouche. "This research project will help
create partnerships between our organization and organizations in 10
provinces. This will allow the recruitment of 40 small and medium-size
enterprises and close to 4 000 employees who will be participating in
Economic Action Plan 2013 introduces a number of measures to connect
Canadians with available jobs and equip them with the skills and
training they need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating
opportunities for apprentices and providing support to
under-represented groups such as persons with disabilities, youth,
Aboriginal people and newcomers.
The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills
In 2007, the Government of Canada created the Office of Literacy and
Essential Skills (OLES) to provide adult Canadians with the knowledge
and skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market.
Through the OLES, the Government works in partnership with provincial
and territorial governments, employers and community organizations to
provide Canadians with the tools and resources they need to take
advantage of job opportunities, contribute to their communities and
share in the country's prosperity.
OLES provides funding through the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential
For more information about the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills,
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