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Monday, January 24 • 15:45 - 16:30
(On-demand session released) Transitioning from Essential Skills to Skills for Success

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Skills for Success is an initiative announced in the federal 2021 budget to help create foundational and transferable skills training opportunities for Canadians. This initiative will help Canadians meet on-the-job skills demands in the current and future labour market. This represents the largest historical investment ($298 million over three years) by the federal government in foundational and transferable skills training.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Exploring how Skills for Success responds to employers' skills needs
  • How to efficiently reach and upskill under-represented groups
  • Examining the requirements for becoming a Skills for Success practitioner

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Kara Finney

CEO, Workplace Education Manitoba
As the CEO of a trifecta of organizations - WEM, ESM and WPLAR-  Kara brings experience that includes 12 years in Adult Education and 17 years in the Manufacturing and Supply Chain sectors.
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Gita Zareikar

Research and Policy Analyst, Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre
Gita Zareikar is a Research and Policy Analyst at OCCSC. She has worked to develop Essential Skills training curriculum for IT professionals and now working on an initiative for Skills for Success for SMEs.
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Kyle Downie

CEO, Skillplan
Kyle is currently the CEO with SkillPlan, where he focuses on developing strategies to improve the skills of workers in the unionized construction industry through the Building Trades unions and their associated contractors throughout Canada.
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Annette Vermaeten

Director, Office of Skills for Success, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Monday January 24, 2022 15:45 - 16:30 EST