Career Ladders: Providing Opportunities for Ontario's Working Adults (2013)

This brief document offers an overview of the concept of career ladders, a means of enabling low-skilled, low-income workers to enter and ascend up a career pathway in a given industry or occupation on their own time.

The career ladders approach is based on the idea that training delivery should be organized as a series of incremental and “stackable” certificates that are aligned to progressive occupational pathways. With this approach, there are numerous entry and exit points in order to address the scheduling challenges working adults often face.

Because accelerated skill development courses are aligned to better paying jobs, career ladders encourage workers to feel connected to future employment goals.

The authors note that while career ladders initiatives are designed to meet the needs of low-income workers, they are also market-driven. Essentially, each ladder acts as a skills development channel for local industry, helping to expand and improve the current workforce.

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2014-01-06
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Literacy Link South Central, Essential Skills Ontario and Literacy Network of Durham Region and Literacy Northwest. Career Ladders: Providing Opportunities for Ontario's Working Adults 2013. Web. 31 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/eso/career_ladders/career_ladders.pdf>
Literacy Link South Central, Essential Skills Ontario & Literacy Network of Durham Region and Literacy Northwest (2013). Career Ladders: Providing Opportunities for Ontario's Working Adults. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/eso/career_ladders/career_ladders.pdf
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