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Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

Between 2011 and 2012, a representative sample of Nunavummiut voluntarily participated in Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the most comprehensive assessment of adult skills ever undertaken. Inlcuding Canada, 26 other nations are participating. PIAAC itself was developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and Canada's participation was co-ordinated between the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and other Federal agencies. Statistics Canada is responsible for it's implementation and administration in Canada. In 2011, the Ministers of Education from Nunavut, the NWT, and the Yukon successfully appealed for territorial inclusion in the PIAAC survey.

The data sharing agreement is currently under legal review at the Department of Education, and will soon be signed. This will allow the Department access to the set of data for further analysis and summary distribution. This data will help us find solutions to previously unanswered questions about the state of our work force, such as:

  • The effectiveness of our education and training programs;
  • Specific differences between skills between our territory and other territories, provinces, and other nations;
  • How adaptive our training programs are, as the requirements of a skilled workforce change;
  • Where our training needs are;
  • What skills matter;
  • How can we effectively most target skill training. 

The results from the international and Canadian reports will be released in October 2013. The data sharing agreement will allow the Department of Education to further analyze territorial specific data, and produce releases pertinant to Nunavut.

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