News BriefsB.C. invests $1.5 million in essential skills training; Many employees have optimistic work outlook for 2012: Survey01/30/2012|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/26/2012 B.C. invests $1.5 million in essential skills trainingVICTORIA — British Columbia is helping employees gain essential skills while increasing productivity for employers through a $1.5-million investment in essential skills training. As part of Canada Starts Here: The B.C. Jobs Plan, more than 450 British Columbians will participate in nine Skills-Plus training projects throughout the province. Through partnerships with businesses, training institutions and service providers in each community, SkillsPlus brings training to the workplace, building them into everyday employee training and work practices. Essential skills are identified as reading text, document use, numeracy, writing, oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, thinking skills and computer use.Many employees have optimistic work outlook for 2012: Survey To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.