Job-Specific Language Training Key To Newcomers' Success In Job Market

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Job-Specific Language Training Key To Newcomers' Success In Job Market

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Focus On The Workplace As English-as-a-Second Language Week Kicks-Off TORONTO, Nov. 16 - Newcomers in Ontario will have a better chance at success thanks to new English-as-a-Second-language training programs that put the focus on learning workplace terminology specific to their field. Fifteen Ontario school boards are currently receiving Ontario government funding through the Specialized Language Training Pilot Project to provide language training that responds to the needs of local employers. Key occupational sectors for this program include: - Accounting, business and finance - Information technology - Hospitality and tourism - Health and home day care - Manufacturing and service industry "Job-specific language training programs are a win-win for Ontario newcomers and business," said Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Michael Chan. "Language skills are the foundation of success for newcomers. These programs give newcomers the language skills they need to land jobs in their field, improve their ability to communicate in the workplace and provide employers with highly trained employees." This pilot project is expected to assist up to 2,100 newcomers with occupation-specific language training. Over half of newcomers to Canada choose to settle in Ontario each year. By 2011, immigration will account for 100 per cent of net labour market growth. The Ontario government invests more than $50 million per year in adult non-credit ESL/FSL language training. Funding will be increased by $4.2 million for the 2008-2009 school year, bringing the funding increase to school boards for non-credit language training to approximately 22 per cent since 2003. Disponible en français www.citizenship.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- SPECIALIZED LANGUAGE TRAINING PILOT PROJECT Newcomers to Benefit from Increased Workplace Language Skills The Specialized Language Training Pilot Project is being delivered by 15 Ontario school boards. The project delivers workplace-focused language training that offers newcomers the opportunity to strengthen their language skills so they can land jobs that reflect their qualifications or function more fully in jobs they currently hold. The following school boards are participating in the pilot project: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- School Board Language Training Sectors ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB* Finance, Information Technology and Engineering ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Durham DSB Transport, Cartage and Logistics ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Grand Erie DSB Pharmaceutical ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Halton DSB Manufacturing Sector and Service Industry ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lakehead DSB Food Industry, Mining/Geology and Information Technology ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Limestone DSB Palliative Care, Attendant Care, Personal Support Workers, Practical Nursing and Home Healthcare ------------------------------------------------------------------------- London District Catholic School Food and Beverage, Administrative, Board Business and Clerical ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ottawa-Carleton Catholic DSB Home Day Care, Accounting and Hospitality ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Peel DSB Accounting Basic, Business English and Customer Service ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thames Valley DSB Health Care ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto Catholic DSB Childcare, Home Daycare, Early Childhood Education Assistant and Early Childhood Educators ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto DSB Nursing and Home Healthcare, Support Workers and Personal Support Workers, Cleaning, Hospitality and Tourism Skilled Trades - Electrical and Carpentry ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Upper Canada DSB Safety First ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Upper Grand DSB Financial, Information Technology, Research and Manufacturing Management ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Waterloo Catholic DSB Professional Transport Driving ------------------------------------------------------------------------- *District School Board Disponible en français www.citizenship.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Daphne Shih, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Daphne Shih, Minister's Office, (416) 325-3460; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7010