Practically Speaking is a series of feature-length articles highlighting promising practices related to CCL’s five themes: Aboriginal learning, health and learning, work and learning, adult learning and early childhood learning.
When most people think of Cavendish Farms, one thing comes to mind—french fries. It’s a testament to the company’s 30 years in business that their name is so firmly associated with their product. But the P.E.I.-based spud giant has earned a reputation as a leader in another realm as well: workplace learning. It’s all thanks to their award-winning Learning Centre.
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The rising dollar. An aging workforce. Competition from overseas. These are just a few of the challenges facing Canadian business in today’s economic climate. Increasingly, companies are investing in skills training as a way of gaining a much-needed edge—and Canada’s textile industry has been on the forefront of this shift, spending millions of dollars on an innovative workplace learning initiative. Find out more »
It’s estimated that one in four Canadians will suffer some kind of mental illness in their lives. Yet despite these numbers, few of us understand the full reality of life for those individuals living with depression, anxiety or other illnesses. Mental Health Works bridges this information gap by offering relevant information and hands-on workshops for employers looking to better understand—and support—employees dealing with mental illness. Find out more »
The transition from high school to the workforce or post-secondary studies is a pivotal moment for any young person. But for Inuit youth it has historically been an especially tough voyage, fraught with cultural obstacles on top of the more traditional challenges. For the past two decades Ottawa’s Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program has been confronting these issues with courses that deftly balance academics, real-world like skills and Inuit culture and heritage. Find out more »
In 1971, Jacques Hébert founded Canada World Youth as a means of getting young people engaged in international development projects. More than three decades later, GIT en Amérique has picked up its enduring mission for an entirely different demographic. A street-smart version of its well-heeled predecessor, GIT en Amérique aims to provide young at-risk Montrealers with the kind of life-changing experiences that they can only get by immersing themselves in other cultures. Find out more »
The Skownan First Nation has grappled with a number of challenges in its relatively short history, including an 85% high-school dropout rate. A decade ago, when it came time to do something about it, the residents of the rural Manitoban community eschewed government experts and consultants in favour of a community based program that proved to be both inspiring and effective. Find out more »
Returning to school as an adult is rarely an easy process, and is often fraught with feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. But for women living with abusive partners the experience is infinitely more complicated. That’s where the Bridges Program, an innovative adult learning program in London, Ontario, comes in. Find out more »
For years educators and Elders have looked for new and effective ways to combat the high dropout rates among Aboriginal high-school students. In 2003 April Shopland and Ken Lees decided to do something about it. The result was The Ravens, a unique program on Vancouver Island that was designed to help re-introduce Aboriginal students to a love of learning. Find out more »