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ACCC’s Education for Employment Program Thriving

Ottawa, June 7, 2012 – The Minister for International Cooperation, Bev Oda, recently announced an additional contribution to ACCC’s Education for Employment-Africa (EFE). EFE focuses on education that meets the human resources needs of employers: adaptable and flexible graduates who are employment-ready and who have acquired high-demand advanced skills.

The Government of Canada through CIDA has contributed $20 million to ACCC’s EFE Africa program. Working with the ministries responsible for skills development in Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania and through 36 institutional partnerships between Canadian and offshore colleges and institutes, the program designs and delivers technical programs that respond to social and economic needs. Students receive practical, hands-on education leading to employment or self-employment. Last week, Minister Oda announced the extension of the program to June 2013 with a new contribution of $2.8 million.

The Minister also announced a new EFE initiative for the Andean region to establish a network of institutional partners, increase institutional capacity and create employment opportunities. The Government’s contribution through CIDA is $19.6 million over five years from 2012 to 2017.

CIDA has also supported ACCC’s EFE initiatives in the Caribbean to implement and promote occupational standards, workforce certification, and demand-driven technical education. CIDA contributed $19.6 million over 5 years from 2011 to 2016.

“A shortage of persons with advanced skills is a major constraint to economic development. Education delivering skills related to local employment opportunities is key to poverty reduction and sustainable socio-economic progress,” says James Knight, ACCC President and CEO. “Colleges provide the learning necessary to fuel growth and create and sustain a high standard of living. We are grateful for CIDA’s support of this work with our international partners.”

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities, serving 1,500,000 full- and part-time learners.

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Rosemary Lafrenière
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Tel: (613) 746-2222 ext 3123