Saskatchewan Provides $24.1 Million to Support Essential Skills Programs

Sathia Kumar

With over $24 million allocated to Essential Skills programs for Saskatchewan residents, the government is reiterating its commitment to the creation of a skilled workforce.

“The people of Saskatchewan are Saskatchewan’s most valuable resource, and our government is proud to invest in and cultivate a skilled and diverse workforce. Notwithstanding where individuals are in their profession process, it is significant they approach the preparation they need,” Migration and Vocation Preparing Priest Jeremy Harrison said. ” Not only do investments in Essential Skills help to build a strong workforce, but they also give people the resources, tools, and skills they need to be successful, grow, and thrive in Saskatchewan.”

Programming for Essential Skills, formerly known as Adult Basic Education, has a significant impact on enhancing quality of life and increasing educational and employment opportunities for all students. This programming helps students in three main ways:

acquiring skills necessary for employment, such as literacy, math, and social science;
boosting levels of education and/or certification; and assisting adults in completing educational requirements for employment or further training.
Subsidizing is allotted to seven provincial schools, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the Saskatchewan Indian Organization of Advances, Gabriel Dumont Foundation and Lakeland School. Funding for Essential Skills has increased by 51% since 2007-2008, totaling $8.1 million.

Lisa Bird-Wilson, executive director of the Gabriel Dumont Institute, stated, “The Adult Basic Education/Essential Skills programs are a vital stepping stone for Métis students.” The community-based delivery of these programs by GDI helps Métis successfully enter the workforce and post-secondary education systems.”

In 2021-22, almost 6,000 students took part in Fundamental Abilities supported programs. 63% of which finished their program, and in something like 60 days, 87 percent either tracked down work or forged ahead to additional training.

In order to make progress toward Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan’s objectives of 1.4 million people and 100,000 new jobs by 2030, the government of Saskatchewan will continue to provide job seekers and employers with innovative programs, services, and innovations. The region is centered around working with businesses and occupation searchers to guarantee the territory can enlist, train and hold the workforce Saskatchewan needs to help its developing economy.

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