After the success of our Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries project, the Literacy Coalition is excited to announce a new project for the health sector.

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program. This project is led by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick in partnership with the PEI Literacy Alliance, and Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council.

The Essential Employability Skills – Health Sector (ESS-HS) will focus on the labour market in the long-term health care industry. The goal is to train unemployed and underemployed participants and bring them into the health sector workforce, specifically into entry level worker positions such as laundry, cleaners, servers, kitchen staff, etc. While the emphasis will be on employability skills, the more traditional essential skills–such as computer skills, digital training and reading–will also be an important focus.

For employers, this means:
  • New employees who are in training and will be ready to work
  • 50% wage subsidies for participants of the program for six weeks
  • 30 hours of free mentorship training for supervisors and staff in leadership roles

Click here to see the information sheet for employers.

For participants, they will receive:
  • 180 hours of essential employability skills training to prepare for a level-entry in the health sector
  • A chromebook upon completion of training
  • One week of paid on-the-job training
  • Six weeks of paid work placements that could lead to longer-term employment
Participants will gain the following skills:

Essential Skills:

  • Working with others
  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Numeracy
  • Thinking
  • Oral communication
  • Computer use
  • Document use
  • Continuous Learning

Employability Skills:

  • Attitude
  • Confidence
  • Accountability
  • Motivation
  • Time Management
  • Teamwork
  • Stress Management
  • Personal presentation
  • Adaptability

For more information, contact:

Dianne Léger
Project Manager

Lynda Homer
Executive Director