Sunday, April 08, 2012

Alberta Liberals Promise to boost ESL Training

The Alberta Liberal Party's leader Raj Sherman announced a boost to "ESL" (English as a Second Language) funding to schools and an additional $20 million each year in adult ESL training.

"By increasing funding to ESL we unburden our social services, our teachers, and help immigrants and the children of immigrants achieve their full potential," said Raj, "By failing to help new Canadians integrate into Alberta society we are leaving a massive resource untapped - and it is costing every Albertan money."

An Alberta Liberal government will increase by 50% what it currently provided to schools for ESL programs, and fund new ESL initiatives for adults immigrating to Alberta - including the launching of a program that would allow new Canadians to train up their language skills while on the job.

"The Alberta Liberal announcement means better training for ESL teachers and advanced support services in schools with language training programs. It means funding new programs that allow immigrants to learn language skills remotely - while working and providing for their families."

"In the next ten years Alberta is expected to face a shortfall of at least 77,000 workers. Retaining the best and the brightest from across the globe is the key to Alberta's continued prosperity. And the key to that is funding the supports like ESL that are essential to weaving their lives into the Alberta tapestry."

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