EBSM Essential Skills Field Study (2005)

The goals of this study are to assess essential skills levels for Employment Benefits and Support Measures (EBSM) clients and to determine the role of essential skills in the delivery of EBSM.

The study involved 436 clients of employment assistance services in Ontario and British Columbia who completed a Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) and provided background information on themselves. Forty-eight service providers shared their perceptions through an online survey and 15 organizations participated in follow-up telephone interviews.

Among the key findings of the study, the authors note that participants demonstrate a significant skills deficit in document use; clients who are immigrants scored lower than EBSM clients born in Canada; most service providers feel there is a role for essential skills and TOWES in the delivery of EBSM; and clients who benefit most from TOWES are those with low essential skills scores and those interested in career exploration.

Key recommendations include doing further research; coordinating the integration of selective essential skills in EBSM; creating an inventory of resources and ideas currently available for essential-skills upgrading; and marketing essential skills to employers.

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Bow Valley College. EBSM Essential Skills Field Study 2005. Web. 5 Oct. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/towes/ebsm/ebsm.pdf>
Bow Valley College (2005). EBSM Essential Skills Field Study. Retrieved October 5, 2022, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/towes/ebsm/ebsm.pdf
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