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UFCW Local 247

UFCW Local 247 has provided sponsorship for the development of and its predecessor

Government of Canada

HRSDC's Literacy Secretariat has provided the majority of the funding for the development of Transferable Trade Skills and The objective of this funding was to ensure that Canadian workers were provided with the information they required in order to identify and assess their trade skills for the purpose of employment and/or certification.

Workplace Education Manitoba

Workplace Education Manitoba (WEM) was established in 1991 to build Essential Skills awareness, application and enhanced functioning, as well as develop Essential Skills projects and practitioner training in Manitoba. WEM is a highly-successful and well-regarded model nationally for how labour, business and government can partner to build capacity for workplace Essential Skills on a provincial level.

Workplace Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (WPLAR)

Workplace Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (WPLAR) is business, labour and government partnering to oversee workplace PLAR activities in Manitoba. Established by the Province in 2001, WPLAR is responsible for implementing and marketing Manitoba's approach to industry-based PLAR, including: promoting the use of PLAR in the workplace, researching best practice and innovation, funding projects for development and implementation, and guiding PLAR practitioner standards and development.

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Red Seal

Established more than 45 years ago to provide greater ease for mobility of skilled workers throughout Canada. The Red Seal is an interprovincial standards program that forms a partnership between the Provincial, Territorial and Federal Governments. Its goal is to provide skilled workers mobility across Canada by encouraging the standardization of training and certification programs for the trades.

National Occupational Classification

The (NOC) provides a standardized language for describing the work performed by Canadians in the labour market.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

LMI works to ensure that Canadians have quality labour market information. This information includes job descriptions, job and skill requirements, wages and salaries, where to get training, Associations and Unions, and labour market trends.

Job Bank

Job Bank is Canada's one-stop job listing web site that provides job listings throughout Canada, a Job Match tool, a resume builder, and a career navigator.

Essential Skills

Essential Skills are the skills needed for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change. These skills are used in nearly every occupation and throughout daily life in different ways and at different levels of complexity. The nine Essential skills are: Reading Text, Document Use, Numeracy, Writing, Oral communication, Working With Others, Continuous Learning, Thinking Skills, and Computer Skills.