Iqaluit and Inuvik are running a free program aimed at helping adult enhance their skills so that they have an easy time entering the labor market and moving up the career ladder. Plans are underway to have a similar program in Yellowknife by close of the year.
The program, dubbed Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills, started three years ago and is being facilitated by the Frontier College. The government, through the Office of Skills for Success, is funding the program until the year 2024.
Elizabeth Holloway, Inuvik’s instructor and coordinator for the program, said they are partnering with Inuvialuit Regional Corporation amongst other organizations to bring students on board.
She added that a key advantage of the program is that it is flexible. They are able to fit the program to suit a student’s schedule, and can even be set up at an employer’s work space.
She added that they are also running Essential Skills for Building Trades, a sister program that is facilitated in conjunction with their sister center in Nunavut, which has handled 100 students since 2016.
Holloway’s version is quite broad. One of their students was someone looking to go back to studying and wanted to refresh her math and reading.
While access to internet is key challenge for most students, Holloway is hopeful that people in communities like Beaufort Delta understand that they can access her service as too.