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Survey weighs in on Souris training needs

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Souris residents want more information about training opportunities, want their training to be practical and hands on, and they would like better access to on-line courses.

When asked about training to improve their own employment situation in a survey recently, respondents mentioned a wide range of practical courses in health, small business, computer studies and trades. 

When asked their preferred delivery method 59 per cent were interested in online courses, 40 per cent referred night school and 38 per cent preferred correspondence or self-study.

These are part of the findings from a survey of training interest and capacity that was conducted for Education 20/20 by. Survey participants include current training institutions, employers, organizations and community members. 

In addition, the survey was distributed to more than 2,000 households and made available through the social media. Survey results will be used ty individuals and organizations engaged in planning and delivering instruction for people seeking employment or wishing to upgrade their skills. The final report is available on the Education 2020 website.

Like other small communities, Souris faces the challenges of a declining population and a seasonal workforce; available people to fill vacancies frequently lack needed skills, especially skills needed to deal with specialized equipment. Adult education and workforce training are key components of future success.

Education 20/20 Inc. is an independent, broad-based national, charitable organization located in Prince Edward Island with a focus on ensuring a quality education for every Canadian.

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