Labour Market Study of the Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce: Report on Key Informant Interviews – Aboriginal, Francophone and Anglophone (2013)

This document is part of Canadian Literacy and Learning Network’s (CLLN) Labour Market Study of the Literacy and Essentials Skills Workforce, aimed at creating a picture of LES practitioners working with adults across Canada. The project included phone interviews with 30 key informants, and the results are summarized in this report.

Overall, attitudes and personal traits are seen as the most important qualification for being an effective LES worker, above academic and formal training. Work experience is also highly valued.

Access to professional development resources in the workplace is standard, but the resources are limited depending on the funds that the organization has. Partnerships with outside organizations are common, and it is often through these partnerships that practitioners are able to access resources.

There is no consensus on professionalizing the field. However, were the field to be professionalized the implementation of standardized training or required qualifications, some workers feel there should be a corresponding increase in funding.

Many of the issues raised by interviewees are similar, regardless of language or culture. However, the issue of the availability of professional development or resources in French was specifically raised by Francophone interviewees.

The biggest issues identified by those working in Aboriginal LES programs relate to funding and the recent focus on training and employment as outcomes, rather than developing literacy skills. Practitioners working in Aboriginal LES note that the learning style of many Aboriginal people is different, and that instructors need to recognize and respect this difference.

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Joani Tannenbaum and Laura Carlson. Labour Market Study of the Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce: Report on Key Informant Interviews – Aboriginal, Francophone and Anglophone 2013. Web. 6 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/les_workforce/kii_report_en/kii_report_en.pdf>
Joani Tannenbaum & Laura Carlson (2013). Labour Market Study of the Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce: Report on Key Informant Interviews – Aboriginal, Francophone and Anglophone. Retrieved August 6, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/les_workforce/kii_report_en/kii_report_en.pdf
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