Nova Scotia’s sector councils and the province are starting a new partnership to more strongly support Nova Scotia industry with human resource strategies. The strategies will address skills development and workforce challenges for the businesses they represent. “We have tremendous opportunities for our workforce at the same time that we have a demographic challenge,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “There’s never been a more critical time for us to build stronger partnerships with groups that can help Nova Scotia industry and businesses overcome those challenges and take advantage of the great opportunities ahead.” Sector councils are non-profit, industry-led partnership organizations that help address skills development and HR issues in their industries. There are eight sector councils in Nova Scotia, including the Nova Scotia Construction and Health Care Human Resource sector councils. There are also sector council-like organizations, such as the Aerospace and Defense Industry Association, that represent industry and have an HR focus, but typically have a much broader scope. The province will provide $2 million per year over three years to the program. The councils and council-like groups can apply for funding by submitting a three-year strategic plan outlining how the money will be used to support HR needs within the industry. The emphasis will be on setting realistic, attainable goals and accountability. “The new program sets the bar high for all of us,” said Lisa Anderson, president, Association of Industry Sector Councils. “But we know too that the stakes are high. We need to work together to ensure Nova Scotia workplaces can adapt and thrive amidst a quickly changing workforce reality.” The sector council program is a an initiative of Nova Scotia’s workforce strategy, a key part of jobsHere. For program guidelines to access funding, visit http://nsworkplaceeducation.ca/apply/forms-and-templates/ .
The traditional ‘three Rs’ are on the decline in England, analysis has revealed, with over a quarter of adults having literacy levels so low that they may struggle to read a bus timetable or a wage slip.Five million adults lack basic reading, writing and numeracy skills required in everyday life and to carry out a job, research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found.According to government figures, 28 per cent of adults have a standard of literacy of level 1 or below, the equivalent of GCSE grades D-G. For numeracy, 29 per cent of adults scored the level 1 or below. Some people have never reached a good level of literacy and numeracyCredit:Alamy Stephen Evans, Deputy Chief Executive at Learning & Work Institute, said: “Everyone needs a set of basics for life and work in modern Britain. It’s shocking that so many people lack these core capabilities.”This holds back people’s life chances, businesses future success, and national prosperity.” These shocking figures show millions of adults are being left behind in the modern economyKatie Schmuecker, JRF Which countries have the best literacy and numeracy rates? https://t.co/ukFBWZtY7i #education #edchat pic.twitter.com/eWihchyAHB— World Economic Forum (@wef) August 28, 2016 Around one in 20 adults have the literacy or numeracy levels of a five-year-old, meaning they would struggle just to write a short message or to select a floor number in a lift.England is the only country in the OECD where the average literacy score for the youngest age group (16-18 years old) is lower than that of the oldest age group (55 to 65 years old), the Foundation said.23 per cent of 16 to 18 year-olds are at literacy level one or below, compared to 19 per cent of 55 to 65 year-olds. For numeracy, 29 per cent of 16 to 18 year-olds are at level 1 or below, compared to 26 per cent of the older age group. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. In other countries, young people significantly outperform their older counterparts, but the trend is the opposite in England. For the oldest age group in the study, England is third in the international rankings for literacy, while for the youngest age group (16-18) it is 18th.Katie Schmuecker, Head of Policy at JRF, said: “In a prosperous country like Britain, everyone should have the basic skills they need to participate in society and build a career.“But these shocking figures show millions of adults are being left behind in the modern economy, holding back their potential and the productivity of our businesses suffering as a result.”