State of the Literacy and Essential Skills Field (2012)

The purpose of this report is to provide an environmental scan showing the state of Literacy and Essential Skills (L/ES) across the country, from the perspective of Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) and its national network of partners, both within and outside the L/ES field. CLLN believes that this is the first report of its kind that presents a detailed picture of the sector and its role in assuring Canada’s economic success through a skilled workforce.

Targeted scans, such as this one, are crucial to identifying current trends and future directions, the author says. The report provides baseline information from which future scans can be developed.

The report is divided into three parts. The first section deals with L/ES in a national context, with summaries provided by provincial and territorial literacy organizations highlighting what is happening in their areas.

The second part reviews labour market trends and demographics, focusing on areas of the population where Essential Skills issues are of particular importance. The third part looks at the economic benefits of “upskilling” and what is needed to be effective in increasing the Essential Skills of Canadians.

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