Creating Clearer Sightlines to Employment – Webinar presented by John McLaughlin, Essential Skills Ontario [Video – 59:53] (2012)

This webinar, presented by the manager of research and business development at Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), offers an opportunity for discussion of the research paper of the same name.

Even with improvements in the economy, people without high school diplomas are staying unemployed, he points out. This represents a long-term decline in job prospect for those with low educational attainment.

Innovation and a willingness to challenge conventional wisdom will be required to change this pattern. McLaughlin points to a program called I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training), which was initiated in Washington state. It has achieved considerable success by testing the traditional notion that students must complete adult basic education (ABE) before entering skills training and other types of postsecondary education. Instead, it integrates hands-on job skills with basic education.

The ESO paper suggests that the situation can be improved by involving business and industry representatives in the design and delivery of literacy training that blends work-specific technology skills with basic skills. At the same time, such training must be combined with wrap-around support that includes pre- and post-program counselling and mentoring; financial support for transportation, housing, and health needs; personal and family counselling; and intensive case management.

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