Author Archives: Brigid Hayes

About Brigid Hayes

Brigid Hayes has developed an expertise in learning that spans over 30 years as a senior government policy advisor and program manager and partnership developer; director of labour for a national business/labour skills centre and as an independent consultant. Her knowledge of and experience in workplace literacy and learning has contributed to her recognition as an expert in this field, and she has undertaken significant activities to both help promote and enhance literacy and lifelong learning. Brigid works as an independent consultant and expert advisor on learning, literacy, and work. She has successfully developed a strategic planning and policy development practice involving workplace literacy, essential skills, partnership development, research, and evaluation.

Future Skills Council membership announced

Today the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour along with the Minister of Finance, made a full announcement about the Future Skills Centre and the Future Skills Council. (Eagle-eyed readers will have caught an error in an earlier blog … Continue reading

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Making the case for workplace literacy education and training

In late January, The Globe and Mail published an op-ed piece by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray (Canada’s shortfall in basic skills costs us all) in anticipation of the upcoming federal budget which, rumour has it, will focus on … Continue reading

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20th Anniversary of Family Literacy Day

I wanted to congratulate ABC Canada on the 20th anniversary of Family Literacy Day. It’s not that often in the Canadian literacy field that we witness longevity (I’m thinking that the PGIs are the other example, but I can’t think … Continue reading

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Thank you Peter

Canada lost a staunch literacy advocate yesterday with the death of Peter Calamai. Peter wrote the publication, Broken words: Why five million Canadians are illiterate. A special Southam survey, in 1987. This landmark survey marked the first time that literacy … Continue reading

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REVISED – 2017-2018 Projects Funded by OLES

THIS IS AN EDITED POST. AN EARLIER POST WHICH I’VE DELETED HAD INCORRECT INFORMATION. MY APOLOGIES. Last week I posted the federal government’s spending for the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program managed by the Office of Literacy and … Continue reading

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Implementation of the New LMDA and WDA Agreements: Some Insight from British Columbia

Originally posted on The Welfare State Matters….:
ASPECT (the Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training) has been the voice of BC’s community based training and workplace development service providers for over 30 years. Their annual fall conference…

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HEQCO makes questionable and problematic claims after completing pilot featuring OECD’s Education and Skills Online

Originally posted on Policy Problems:
The Higher Education Quality Council (HEQCO) recently proclaimed that one-quarter of graduating students score below adequate on measures of literacy, numeracy  This was quickly mimicked in a Globe and Mail headline: One in four Ontario…

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