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There was a growing concern among the Canadians that they lacked career development opportunities in their work place as over the years career development support by the employers had become increasingly sparse according to a new survey, media reports said.
Four out of 10 employees either did not receive any such support or received it infrequently, said ADP Canada, a human resource company.
“What surprised me the most I think is that paradox between all of these people who are looking for career development and the fact that so many employers don’t seem to be providing it,” said Sooky Lee, general manager of human resources business process outsourcing at ADP Canada, Global News reports said.
Canadian employees were wiling to see a cut in their pay as an alternative to getting better career development opportunities, survey said.
Atlantic Canadians reported maximum issues with lack of access to career development (49 percent) followed by Quebecers and Ontarians at 41 percent.
Canadians across the country were willing to have their pay slashed from five percent to 10 percent in exchange for the missing professional support.
43 percent of Ontarians and 42 percent of British Columbians followed by 41 percent of Atlantic Canadians were more willing to have lesser pay as an alternative for better career development opportunities, the survey said.
Lee stressed that this was because Canadian workers were aware of the changing workforce especially around technology and employees preferred to work for different employers in different companies and needed to acquire most current skill sets from their present employers to stay competitive.
The reasons for the lack of this professional support were varied including employers telling they did not offer this kind support to their employees, sometimes employees felt they lacked the seniority and did not ask for support, and still others said that employers lacked the time to provide this support.
ADP Canada had tweeted that 40 percent of Canadian workforce faced a growth gap.
The present growth gap in the company can lead to more expenses when employees move to other companies that offer more fulfilling jobs than if employers offered expertise and support to the existing employees, said Lee.
Another tweet by ADP Canada stated that employee – employer gap was growing and Canadians were not happy.
Lee said cost-effective solutions of providing professional support is by online training which sometimes is free, and other is directly approaching the employers or by getting outside courses.
The statistics showing that four out of 10 workers would take a pay cut in exchange for better career development support shows that Canadians desired fulfilling and rewarding career than just a reliable paycheque.
Sheryl Boswell, director of marketing at Monster.ca. was not surprised by the result of the survey.
Boswell said employers should understand why people are migrating to other companies.
Boswell also said there were many opportunities available for employees to grow professionally including taking courses outside of regular work hours, expand their networking opportunities by attending relevant events and doing more research about the industry they work in.
ADP Canada’s tweeted that the employees should know more about state of the art in Workforce Management practices.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Maggie MacDonnell, a Canadian school teacher, from Quebec was awarded on Sunday the annual Global Teacher Prize worth $1 million for teaching excellence by surpassing thousands of applicants from around the world, media reports said.
Her name for the award was announced by the French astronaut Thomas Pasquet in a video message from the International Space Station.
The award was presented by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
MacDonnell was among 10 finalists who flew to Dubai to attend the ceremony. The nine others were from Pakistan, the UK, Jamaica, Spain, Germany, China, Kenya, Australia and Brazil.
MacDonnell had been using innovative classroom practices and encouraging others to join the teaching profession.
MacDonnell’s determination and courage to teach for six years in a remote Arctic village called Salluit, an Inuit indigenous community in Quebec where many teachers left midway, led to her being selected for the award.
MacDonnell’s teaching philosophy was full of hope and acts of kindness and she was responsible was for creating a number of programs for boys and girls, including job mentorship and funds to assist with healthy meals, establishment of a fitness centre for youth and adults in the local community, for running a community kitchen and attending suicide prevention training.
"The memory that continues to haunt me is when I see these Canadian teenagers, their very own classmates of the deceased, literally digging the grave," she said. "I didn't know until I came to Salluit that that was a Canadian reality, " CBCNews reports said.
The prize which was established by the Varkey Foundation three years ago in recognition of outstanding contribution of one teacher a year.
15 other countries, including Chile, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, Portugal, Somalia, Ukraine and Yemen, announced on Sunday that with the support of the Varkey Foundation they would launch national teaching prizes.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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A generous gift of $15 million had been announced last this week by The Anne & Max Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (TanenbaumCHAT) and UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, media reports said.
This gift would be utilized for the tuition fee of Jewish education in Toronto which would make their education more affordable in the GTA for the next generation.
Adam Minsky, President & CEO, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and Bruce Leboff, Board Chair, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto were awe-stricken at the generosity of the donations.
They said a large number of parents -- for whom high cost of tuition fees had earlier been a barrier
-- in pursing education for their children would be greatly assisted by these gifts. They also hoped others would follow this philanthropic leadership.
TanenbaumCHAT, North America’s largest Jewish community high school offers academic studies in both Jewish and general studies and extra-curricular activities and sports.
The Board of Directors of TanenbaumCHAT had decided to merge the school into a single campus in the Wilmington location effective September, 2017 to overcome the problems of declining enrollment.
The board also felt that by this decision the students will be able to access a broader range of courses and participate in greater variety of extra-curricular activities and sports,
This decision was greatly appreciated by the Head of School, Rabbi Lee Buckman, TanenbaumCHAT who said it “will enhance our programming, particularly by expanding course offerings and extra-curricular opportunities for all students...ensuring students emerge with a strong, substantive, and proud Jewish identity,” JewishToronto.comNewsReports said.
Registration for TanenbaumCHAT’s 2017/18 academic year had been re-opened and the late fees have been waived.
Please contact Laurie Wasser at 416-636-5984 x 291 for more detailed information about TanenbaumCHAT education or visit www.tanenbaumchat.org
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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