Monthly Archives: June 2016

New PIAAC report – “Skills Matter – Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills”

The OECD published yesterday a new report based on the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) data. The report examines PIAAC data on information-processing skills, workplace skills and the outcomes of investments in skills. The report can … Continue reading

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New Literacy Policy Blog

Christine Pinsent-Johnson has worked in the adult literacy field for over 25 years and for the past 10 years or so has been doing research for her PhD on literacy testing. She has launched a blog called “Policy Problems”. As … Continue reading

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The Risk of Automation – low skilled jobs at risk

The OECD has been doing work using PIAAC to examine the risk of automation for jobs in OECD countries and recently released a study. Here’s a summary of the findings: According to the report, South Korea has the lowest percentage … Continue reading

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Canada-B.C. Job Grant | Small Business BC

One of the challenges of implementing the Canada Job Grant is how to support employers to figure out what their training needs might be and to navigate the application and reimbursement processes. BC seems to have come up with a … Continue reading

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Is there anything for literacy and essential skills in the provincial/territorial budgets?

Provincial and territorial governments are the main funders of literacy and adult upgrading programs in Canada. They do this either with funds transferred from the federal government (e.g. Labour Market Development Agreements, Canada Job Fund) or their own funds. I’ve … Continue reading

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Link to “Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do?

Thanks to eagle-eyed follower Don Presant for letting me know that the link to the paper published today by Caledon Institute of Social Policy was broken. This is the link to the full article: Caledon Institute – The Labour Market … Continue reading

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“The Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do?

I am pleased to announce the publication of an article by the Caledon Institute of  Social Policy by Donna Wood and myself.  It’s entitled “The Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do?” From 2008 until 2014, the federal government … Continue reading

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