The Realities of Working in the Literacy and Essential Skills Field (2013)

An Occupational Profile of the Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce in Canada

In 2013, Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) coordinated a large-scale labour market study of Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) workers to get a comprehensive picture of who is working in the field. The ground-breaking study of paid LES workers included instructors, coordinators, assessors, program managers, supervisors, and administrators.

In addition to an online confidential survey administered by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), CLLN collected data through focus groups with Anglophone, Francophone, and Aboriginal LES workers, as well as key informant interviews. Additional research was conducted on LES hiring practices and requirements within Canada, and LES labour market studies in other countries.

Among the key findings - the field includes highly educated and dedicated practitioners who value learner-centred approaches. As well, they are intrinsically motivated and participate regularly in ongoing training and professional development. The LES workforce faces considerable human resource challenges including a high incidence of temporary employment and a large proportion of aging practitioners.

The report suggests 4 recommendations as next steps:
- Investigate models of professionalization; e.g. certification
- Identify supports and enablers to increase access to professional development and training
- Explore and identify succession strategies to address retirements and stabilize the field
- Identify and recommend human resource strategies to support consistent working conditions

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2014-02-28
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Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN). The Realities of Working in the Literacy and Essential Skills Field 2013. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/realities_working_lit_es_field/realities_working_lit_es_field.pdf>
Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) (2013). The Realities of Working in the Literacy and Essential Skills Field. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/clln/realities_working_lit_es_field/realities_working_lit_es_field.pdf
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