TRURO, NS, May 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Workers and employers in the trucking
industry can look forward to learning more about improving safety and
increased productivity as a result of funding provided by the
Government of Canada. The announcement was made by Scott Armstrong,
Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Armstrong. "The Government of Canada
and the trucking industry are partnering to ensure more employees have
the essential skills required to succeed in today's economy."
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic is receiving over
$640,000 from the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program
to undertake a study of literacy and essential skills levels among
employees in the trucking industry. The study will allow the industry
to better assess the impact of literacy and essential skills on safety,
productivity and employment patterns. From this study, a toolkit will
be developed to help employers address essential skills challenges in
"Our organization is very proud to be leading this exciting initiative,"
said Kelly Henderson, Executive Director of Trucking Human Resource
Sector Council Atlantic. "We are aware that low essential skills levels
can impact safety performance. This project will allow us to work with
multiple partners, including the Province of Nova Scotia, to explore
this relationship and identify a plan companies will be able to
The trucking industry will need 30 000 more qualified workers by 2015.
Increased literacy levels in the industry will become increasingly
important to both safety and productivity as technology becomes more
complex, and this project will help employers meet their current and
future human resources needs.
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,
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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