B.C. invests $1.5 million in essential skills training
VICTORIA — 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
TORONTO — Canadian employees are optimistic about several key aspects of their work life in 2012, according to a survey by Randstad. Sixty-two per cent of the 400 Canadian employees surveyed believe 2012 will be a better year financially for their organization, found the latest Global Workmonitor. More than one-half (58 per cent) of Canadian employees expect their salaries to rise at the end of the year, and the same amount of employees anticipate they will have more disposable income in 2012 than in 2011.