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August 21, 2019

A Hard Look at Soft Skills

By Kelly Boutilier Examining the return on investment A quick online search of the term “soft skills” and you will find yourself inundated with articles. These broadly understood skills have become a buzz word in recent years as the economy changes and the skills needed for workplace success evolve. While we can only guess at [...]
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June 18, 2019

Essential skills vs. Employability Skills

Understanding how they work together and link to workforce development By Kelly Boutilier As a curriculum designer, I was astonished to learn recently that I have been confusing Essential Skills with Employability Skills – and a quick internet search revealed I was not alone. These two equally important, yet distinctly different skillsets, get confused all [...]
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February 21, 2019

Soft skills for the future

Kelly Boutilier, adult learning specialist at CEDEC, shared her expertise on improving workplace readiness with StartUp Canada along with Sonia Di Maulio, founder of Harvest Performance, an organization that fosters connection to help others thrive, and Brian Haugen who has over 20 years of experience and education as a Red Seal Heavy Duty Equipment Technician in the public [...]
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December 19, 2018

Quebec’s English speakers ready to work

In September 2017, CEDEC joined forces with Kebaowek First Nation, a tiny community of 800 Algonquin people in Kipawa, Quebec and several other partners to create an employability training program for Kebaowek's youth to prepare them for future tourism job opportunities at the new Opémican National Park, set to open in 2018 with an official [...]
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September 20, 2018

Automation and the Future of Indigenous Employment

Source - Automobile automation Source - Automobile automation One Way to Prepare for Changes to Come. In this age of innovation, there is a lot of uncertainty for Canada’s labour force. According to a report released by The Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, more than 40 per cent of the Canadian workforce is at high- risk [...]
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