A skilled workforce for sustainable rural communities. 

A project designed to create a stronger workforce for your company.





What is Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries (ESAF)?

ESAF is a project to address the labour market and workforce challenges employer’s face in the fisheries sector in Atlantic Canada. In collaboration with sector employees and stakeholders, we will pilot an innovative literacy and essential skills training model that will support individuals who are unemployed or underemployed to improve their workplace skills. Participants will be better equipped to find a job, keep it, and succeed at that job.


How will it work?

  • A Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with selected employers to assess their workplace needs.
  • The Project Coordinator and Facilitator will work with an accredited training organization to develop a customized training program.
  • Training will focus specifically on preparing unemployed or underemployed individuals for available entry-level jobs in the fisheries sector.
  • Participants will receive a combination of classroom (6 weeks), on-the-job training (4 weeks) as well as a 6 to 12-week work placement.


Who is involved?

The ESAF project is lead by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick in partnership with the PEI Literacy Alliance, Literacy Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council.

  • An Atlantic Advisory Group, comprised of various stakeholders, will provide advice and guidance.
  • Community Advisory Groups, comprised of local employers in the fishing industry, social and community organization, will hep to identify and recruit project participants (trainees) as well as help to access community resources.
  • A Project Coordinator will work collaboratively with organizations and employers to coordinate the project activities.
  • A Facilitator will provide participants with the essential skills training they need for entry-level jobs in the fisheries sector.


What is the employer’s role?

  • Identify vacant entry-level postiions
  • Participate in workplace needs assessment
  • Participate in the training
  • Provide participatns with 4 weeks of on-the-job- training and 6 to 12-week paid work placement


What are the benefits?

  • Increased pool of skilled labour for the fisheries sector
  • Improved essential skills for unemployed individuals
  • Increased essential skills for supervisors and middle managers
  • Individuals who are unemployed, are connected to available jobs in the fisheries sector
  • Improved recruitment, retention and job performance
  • Increased employee morale
  • Increased efficiencies and productivity
  • A stronger community overall


What will it cost?

The project will cover the cost of the workplace needs assessment and training for both the supervisors/middle managers and selected participants.  This is valued at approximately $15,000 per employer.

The employer is responsible for:

  • Allowing selected supervisors/middle managers time to participate in essential skills training
  • Paying 50% of the wages for 6 to 12-week work placement



  • Project Planning – February to June 2018
  • Project Development – June to December 2018
  • Project Implementation and Evaluation – January 2019 to October 2020

For More Information Please Contact:

ESAF Project Coordinator
PEI Literacy Alliance Charlottetown, PEI

ESAF Atlantic Advisory Group Team Photo, June 2018