Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries (ESAF)
Official Project Launch Thursday Dec. 6, 2018
The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick hosted the official launch of the Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries (ESAF) project at the Fredericton Convention Center on Thursday, Dec 6, 2018
The project, funded by the Government of Canada’s
National Essential Skills Initiatives, is led by the Literacy Coalition of New
Brunswick in partnership with the PEI Literacy Alliance, Literacy Nova Scotia,
and Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council.
“This project, which has the opportunity to serve as a staple for training in other sectors is exactly the kind of endeavor we want to be involved in. It is an ambitious and exciting project, and the first that Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick will carry out in partnership with our Atlantic partners”, stated Brent Melanson, LCNB President.
Dianne Leger, Project Manager and Master of Ceremonies for the event, said that the program has three primary goals.
“It will help increase the pool of skilled labour for the fisheries sector which has been hard hit by an aging workforce and a younger workforce migrating out of rural areas. It will improve essential skills for unemployed individuals as well as supervisors and middle managers. And it will connect potential workers with available jobs in the fisheries sector and help increase efficiencies and productivity in the sector.”
During February and March of 2019, the program will provide participants with six weeks of classroom training, four weeks of on-the-job-training and six to 12 weeks of paid work placement at a fisheries employer.“
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A proactive and innovative approach to addressing the labour market and workforce challenges faced by the fisheries sector in the Atlantic Provinces.
Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries (ESAF) project is led by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) in partnership with Literacy Nova Scotia (LNS), Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council (NLLLC) and the Prince Edward Island Literacy Alliance (PEILA) with funding by ESDC.
An Atlantic Advisory Group will guide the planning and implementation of the project. Local Community Advisory Groups will provide advice and assistance to identify participants and address barriers to employment.
- Help rural, low-income unemployed individuals to improve their essential skills, so they
can get and keep a job in the fisheries sector
- Increase the pool of skilled labour in the fisheries sector in the Atlantic Provinces
Increase the essential skills of supervisors and middle-managers in the workplace and
establish workplace essential skills mentors/coaches
- Create an effective training model that will be transferable to other jurisdiction
Employers with vacancies will be recruited to provide input to the planning and design of the project and offer a 6 to 12 week work placement for trainees.
The training will integrate essential skills and employability skills with job-specific skills in the fisheries sector. It will incorporate classroom, online and on-site customized training for up to 10 weeks followed by a 6 to 12 week work placement. There will be two training cohorts.
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