CARICOM Education for Employment Program Now Underway
Three Senior Technical Advisors for the ACCC CARICOM Education for Employment (EFE) Program, themselves former senior leaders of Canadian colleges, are now on site. Their presence and the completion of analyses of HR requirements in the region mean that member institutions will be invited over the coming months to respond to RFPs to collaborate with Caribbean institutions. The following have been identified as priority areas: mining, agriculture, renewable energy, ICT, marine repair, cultural industries, geriatric care, early childhood education, and eco/green careers.
Senator Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education for Trinidad and Tobago and Dr. Carolyn Hayle, Executive Director of Jamaica’s HEART Trust/National Training Agency, an EFE partner, will speak at the World Congress in Halifax, May 26-29. The ACCC EFE booth in Marketplace 2012 will act as a gathering place for those interested in this region.
Nigerian Delegation to Attend World Congress
Following a successful ACCC mission to Nigeria in January, twenty-five representatives from Nigerian states, associations and institutions will attend the World Congress in search of ideas for improving their systems and institutions. They will then visit colleges and institutes in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
Representatives of the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria, the World Bank and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) are expected to accompany the delegation. Meet them at the ACCC EFE booth at the World Congress. For information and appointments, please contact Rudy Sabas.
As part of the National Framework for development for the Essential Skills (ES) Project, ACCC will hold a debriefing session at Bow Valley College in Calgary on May 1-3, 2012. During this session, ES practitioners and managers from 12 colleges participating in 17 pilot projects will share their findings.
Employers, union representatives, and college faculty will also take part in discussions to improve the framework.
In Vancouver on March 27, ten college and nine university Presidents discussed strategies for enhancing student mobility between educational institutions and systems in Canada. The Roundtable was a milestone in the work of ACCC’s Transfer, Articulation and Pathways Committee (TAP). AUCC, the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada and the Canadian Forces joined the Committee in 2011. This meeting elevated the Committee’s work to a new level and positions it to make a real difference.
Dr. Jan Lindsay, President of North Island College and Chair of TAP together with President Ray Ivany of Acadia University facilitated the Roundtable discussion. Presidents shared personal perspectives and promising practices. Ideas and suggestions will be documented for the next meeting.
Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
On April 2, ACCC commented before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities on its studies addressing existing labour shortages in high-demand occupations and barriers to filling low-skilled jobs. We coordinated our comments with Polytechnics Canada. ACCC recommended that the Government of Canada:
- Invest further in college capacity to help them meet the demand for entry into apprenticeship, technology and health programs.
- Consider linking skills upgrading to the delivery of income assistance.
- Increase investments in essential skills.
- Protect the Post-Secondary Education funding in the Canada Social Transfer through accountability measures to ensure the college system has a sustainable financial foundation.
- Launch a national dialogue with provincial/territorial governments, educational institutions, the private sector and civil society to identify measures to mitigate the demographic and skills challenges we face.
Committee Member Dr. Kelly Leitch (MP for Simcoe-Grey) expressed her thanks to ACCC staff for responding quickly to her request for information on college programs and services for persons with disabilities. She said that ACCC’s contribution correlated with the Government of Canada’s announcement in Budget 2012 to improve labour market opportunities for Canadians with disabilities by investing $30 million in the Opportunities Fund and by creating a panel on labour market opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Welcoming Brazilian Scholarship Holders to Canadian Colleges and Institutes
On behalf of the Brazilian government, ACCC will manage the Brazilian Science without Borders scholarship program for students pursuing one-year upgrading programs in Canadian colleges. The program’s objective is to place 1,500 students in Canadian colleges by 2014.
These students will pay international fees, as long as colleges can show that they are making efforts to send Canadian students to Brazil and that they welcome the Brazilians as part of a growing institutional partnership, not as individual international students.
The Brazilian government selected 50 applicants for the first group who have the required level of English or French. These students will begin studies in June 2012 with three months of intensive language and cultural orientation. If your college is interested in welcoming some of these students, please contact Marie-Josée Fortin, Director, International Partnership Programs.
We welcome two new staff members to the Canadian Partnerships Division: Ginette Mercier, our new Manager for the Essential Skills Program and Chantal Bédard, our new Manager of Program Enhancement & Quality Assurance for the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program.