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Program Will Help Nova Scotians Increase Employability

Nova Scotians needing literacy and skills development as a step toward employment will benefit from provincial funding of a program at the Dartmouth Learning Network .

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced an investment of $60,000 for Moving on Up: Employment Readiness, today, Dec. 17.

“This program offers students a chance to change their lives,” said Ms. Bernard. “By improving their skills and education, they can break down barriers to employment and seek a brighter future for themselves and their families.”

Cathy Sampson has benefitted from the program by completing her GED and an employment readiness program.

“As a result of the program I feel I have extra polish to be successful in the workplace and I am thrilled to be able to put what I have learned into practice during my current work placement.”

The program helps 24 people who are not high school graduates, and who are unemployed or underemployed.

“This new funding will allow us to reach a wider audience and to serve a greater number of participants,” said Lesley Dunn, executive director of the network. “Our programs will help reduce barriers to employment for our learnings by providing them 24/7 access to basic adult education programs.”

The 17-week course will identify the needs of each learner and assist with education, job search techniques and building self-esteem. This targeted skills development will increase their job readiness.

The Dartmouth Learning Network has been providing academic upgrading support to adults since 1985.

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     Nova Scotians needing literacy and skills development as a

step toward employment will benefit from provincial funding of a

program at the Dartmouth Learning Network .

     Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced an

investment of $60,000 for Moving on Up: Employment Readiness

today (December 17th).

     The 17-week course provides 24 people who are not high

school graduates with skills development to increase their job

readiness.

Source: Release

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