Sep 20

Welcome To Our Employment and Life Skills Blog!

If you are a transformation leader looking for life skills resources to enhance your training and the lives of your clients we would love to work with you.

For over 20 years we have worked with youth and adults in Indigenous communities in Canada developing books, worksheets, online training programs, curriculum and other materials that support students to transform their lives.

Passion Life Skills

Many of our successful students started with foundation skills training learning more about how to find the job they always dreamed of, and as an added bonus they began to learn more about themselves.    If they were simply looking for employment, or wanted to change their  job, our customized training materials met their needs.  Job, career exploration and personal development were our focus of training when we began.

Supporting small class rooms of students and then moving into train the trainer programs we were able to support students in several communities to move forward in their lives and find gainful, meaningful and sustainable employment.

Throughout this process we worked on several large projects with communities, their members, industry, colleges, universities and government partners customizing programs and resources to meet the needs of members in different communities.

We have saw the difference life skills, foundation training can make on students lives and how this can affect the economic progress of communities; however, what we have also seen, is that the small class sizes and intermittent programs and funding is not leaving a footprint that is able to build the community capacity fast enough, in some communities, at some levels.  For several reasons some of which are:

  1.  Intermittent funding available by funding bodies.  Communities would be successful in a project proposal they submitted allowing for a number of students to enroll in training that may or may not take place in their community. This training would be available for 1-3 years at most and then the funding would end.
  2. Projects that were successful could only take on so many students at a time (average 10-16 students).
  3. Classes were almost always full, with a wait list of students who would have enrolled but, due to funding they were unable to take part.  If they could take part sometime they would have to leave the program in the middle causing a problem for them in the future to receive any further support.  Also, if they wanted to take part, the training was sometimes offered at very inconvenient times in their lives and they could not attend. “When students is ready the teacher would appear” is not the case for these communities.
  4. These programs offered exceptional training to the students that could take part and were quite successful however, many students did not receive the opportunity for this type of training because of system structure and access to funding, leaving communities no alternatives to help support other members that wanted and needed foundation skills training.

There is a negative ripple effect that the lack of foundation skills training has on the overall economic development of smaller rural communities.

The Aboriginal Economic Bench marking Report -2012 –by the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) in 2015 was the first national effort to set ten-year targets for the purposes of tracking the economic progress of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada.

NAEDB set a target to close the gap in economic outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people by 2022.  In 2015 “the gaps between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians remain large,” said Chief Clarence Louie, Chair of the NAEDB.

Dawn Madahbee, Vice-Chair of the NAEDB stated “The only way forward is through economic, business, education, employment and community development led by strong governance, political will and enough targeted financial investments in these areas.”

The board then stated the following recommendations for going forward in 2015 to make more of an impact.

  1. development of discrete strategies for closing the gaps for First Nations on reserve be a government-wide priority
  2. Continued and sustained efforts be made in ensuring Aboriginal people have access to and receive high quality education in every corner of the country
  3. Investments in Aboriginal skills development and training by all levels of government and industry be designed and tailored to meet the unique needs of Aboriginal people, that aligns with concrete employment opportunities
  4. federal and provincial Aboriginal labour market programming be regularly reviewed and revitalized, in consultation and collaborating with  Aboriginal people, ensuring that programming is sustainable over the longer term.
  5. A national Aboriginal youth strategy, focused on improving education, business and employment outcomes, be developed with the full engagement of First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth.

As I worked with partners and educators in several rural communities we saw the gaps that were taking place and the difficulty educators and leaders in communities still have with integrating life skills foundation training into the community to help bring on significant economic improvement for their members, which is why we have started the Life Skills 4 Employment initiative to help with integration by providing support materials for educators and transformation leaders.

Partners Life Skills

Through this initiative our goal is to integrate life skills training right into education programs already taking place in rural and urban communities.  We plan to do this by working with partners, transformation leaders and managers, by providing already proven curriculum, train the trainer program for online support in class rooms, books and materials they can get access to so they can fully integrate life skills into their classrooms.

If you are an educator who is teaching youth and adults we hope you will join our community, and work with us on this integration of foundation skills training into already existing programs, one new skill at a time.

We welcome other bloggers who specialize in employment tips and tricks or life skills support we want you to join our team as well.

I’m glad your here with us today.  If you have not already, please join our Facebook community online as well.  I am looking forward to working with you on making life skills training something affordable and available to whoever is ready to learn.

Join in the fun,

Judy Michaud

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