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NORTHERN BYTES

The Northern Networks (LNN, LNW & MNN) are working together to consolidate and share information to help ensure that all LBS service providers are kept informed.

Inside This Issue

  • Save the Dates for fall PD & AGM sessions
  • Catch up on any webinars you may have missed
  • Visit LNO's new and refreshed website
  • Learn about some exciting new initiatives

Expand Your Knowledge

Click on the webinar or event title for more details and registration.

Upcoming Webinars & Events

  • LNO Clear Writing Course 
    • September 24 - December 16, 2018
    • Deadline to Register - September 19, 2018
  • Save the Date: LNW's PD and 30th Anniversary AGM featuring the screening of the film USandTHEM followed by a Q&A by the film's director, Krista Loughton
    • Monday, September 24th & Tuesday, September 25th 2018
  • LNN's Fall PD/AGM
    • Thursday, October 4th & Friday, October 5th, 2018

Were you unable to attend a webinar?

Click here to view a list of recorded webinars.

 

For the most up-to-date information on events, click here!

Ministry Memos

For the latest MAESD updates, click here!

Inside Their Business

Click on the titles to view the newsletters!

 

What's Going On With Regional Networks?

 

LNO Launches New Website


The Learning Networks of Ontario are pleased to share that their website has been updated!  The site now has a fresh new look and is more user-friendly.  To check out the new site, please click here.

On a Side Note...

The Copian Library

When Copian had to dissolve it's organization the Copian Library was transferred to CDEACF (Le Centre de documentation sur l'éducation des adultes et la condition féminine), in partnership with RESDAC (the francophone LBS national network) and the Center for Literacy.  These organizations have agreed to continue to make the library accessible to the broader literacy community.  All the documents hosted in the library are those placed there by the Copian team, before the end of their activities.  A way to resume the development of this database is currently being looked into.  If you would like to explore the Copian library, please click here

FNETB Local Labour Market Plan Now Available

The Far Northeast Training Board's local labour market plan 2018-2021 is now available in both English and French.
For the English version please click here.
For the French version please click here.


EmployAll - Supported Employment Program

EmployAll is a consortium of agencies who have come together to improve employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.  The goal is to help all individuals with disabilities secure competitive and long-term employment in our community.  The consortium is made up of three agencies: The Canadian Hearing Society, March of Dimes Canada, and Northern College.  The catchment area includes Timmins, Smooth Rock Falls, Cochrane, Iroquois Falls and Black-River Matheson.  For more information, please click here.


Employer Database - Connecting Employers to Enhance Employee Retention

This database will help local employers (the pilot project is in Timmins) create partnerships for the purpose of sharing skill sets and human capital.  It will also provide the non-full-time employees with the opportunity to attain full time hours or employment through the partnership of two separate enterprises in which their skills are transferable.  Employers can work out a tailored arrangement to meet their needs.  For example, one employer needs a receptionist for 20 hours a week; another employer needs a receptionist for 15 hours a week.  The two employers can hire one receptionist together and share their time, while the employee receives full-time hours.  Or as another example, with seasonal employment, one employer can use the employee over the summer and another employer can use the employee over winter.  The employee receives the benefit of year round employment.  For more information please click here.
 

Try This...

Here are 5 steps you can take to break the ice when networking (these steps are taken from a blog on the Big Cheese Coaching website):
These steps will help you to break the ice and engage in conversations naturally.
  • Tap into your curiosity (I wonder...)
    • Everyone has the capacity to be curious, so use that to your advantage to make potential conversation.
    • Wonder about the people in the room: What brought them there?  What is their background? What do they think of the course/meeting?  
    • Try to establish some common ground.
  • Muster up a few seconds of courage and say hello
    • If you already followed the first step, you will know what to say when you approach the person.
    • All you need is 3-5 seconds to take the initial step.
  • Approach someone; introduce yourself; ask a question
    • Who knows, the person you approach might be feeling as shy and intimidated as you are, so they will be grateful, gracious and will reciprocate.
  • Listen
    • People love to be heard.
    • So ask them about their experiences, perceptions and give them a chance to talk.
    • Of course, you do need to do a little bit of talking as well.
  • Complete the conversation... with a new door opened
    • At the very least you want to end the conversation on a positive note, saying it was nice to connect or you hope they enjoy the conference/meeting.
    • You can offer to stay in touch through social media, ie. Linked In.
    • Or you can express an interest in calling them to continue the conversation, to get their thoughts/experience on a topic, or you can offer to be of help to them.
 
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