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.
Many programs provide training to improve entrepreneurial skills and abilities. Some of these are offered through colleges and universities, and others are offered privately. DayPlanner web site – Link #235 provides links to programs, organizations, and resources that help those wanting to start their own business to develop entrepreneurial skills.The website www.mvp.cfee.org can help.
If you are interested in working in the field of education in Canada, the EducationCanada.com website has links to job opportunities.To learn more, visit www.educationcanada.com
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.
The federal government has a program (as of April 2014) in some provinces to help people cover the costs of apprenticeship and skilled trades training. If interested, check out the Canada Job Grant. It may be able to help with up to $15,000 in assistance.