If it would be valuable to your job, ask your employer about possible additional education or training. The employer might pay all or some of the cost if the program would help to improve your work.
The federal government created and maintains the CanLearn web site.This site provides information on, and links to, many education, learning, and training programs. It also provides access to online counsellors who can assist those seeking training, employment, and help with career development. * Visit www.canlearn.ca or DayPlanner web site – Link #232.
PLAR, or Prior Learning Assessment Reports, is an examination of learning that students have achieved before entering a program. It is an effort to assess what has already been learned and how. Learn more
Those who want to take educational or training programs often live far away from the colleges or universities offering the programs. In Canada, distance education programs enable people to take programs without attending classes. Instruction and assignments may be exchanged by mail or through the Internet. Learn more
The cost of postsecondary education can be pretty high. Saving and investing to cover costs such as tuition, books, supplies, and even transportation expenses are important. Financial advisers can help with education saving strategies. They can tell you how to use an RESP, the Canada Education and Savings Grant, the Canada Learning Bond, and other means to save for education.
Many Canadian companies provide training for current employees and those they hire. Many employers will look for employees with highly developed “employability skills” and then provide the specific training needed for the job. Those looking for employment will want to improve their employability skills and find employers that provide opportunities for training on the job.Visit the Conference Board of Canada’s website at www.conferenceboard.ca to learn more about key “employability skills”.
Anyone who is blind or has impaired vision can contact the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) for help. Visit their web site at www.cnib.ca or DayPlanner web site – Link #105.
The length of the school day, as well as the length of class periods, varies from school to school. Some schools may start classes at 8:00 a.m., whereas others may not start until 8:45 a.m. Schools also end at different times. It is customary for teachers to be available at the end of the school day if students or parents wish to speak with them. It is a good idea to call and arrange an appointment if you wish to meet with your child’s teacher.
The provincial/territorial governments in Canada are responsible for public school education, the years of schooling prior to college and university. Post-secondary education— colleges and universities— is a shared responsibility between the provinces/ territories and the federal government. See page 227 for key education contacts.
Students who complete public school will receive a graduation diploma or certificate. Students in Canada are strongly encouraged to complete high school. Research has shown that students who do not complete high school struggle to find employment.After high school, most students go on to college, university, or a training program of some kind. Most jobs require some form of “post-secondary” education or training.