Essential Skills

Life Literacy Radio – Episode 4: Interview with staff at MW Canada; Bobby Cameron, literacy advocate; and Robert Munsch, bestselling author [Audio 23:19] (2010)

Launched in 2010 by ABC Life Literacy Canada, Life Literacy Radio is an audio podcast dedicated to literacy, education, and lifelong learning.

This episode begins with an interview with some of the managers and staff at MW Canada, a company in Cambridge, Ontario, that manufactures materials used for window coverings. They discuss the vital role of the company’s in-house skills and learning centre.

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2013-10-24

Training Matters – Special edition (2011)

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that supports lifelong learning. It publishes a report, entitled Training Matters, that profiles leaders and businesses that have initiated innovative training programs to promote workplace literacy and essential skills.

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2013-10-23

Building Essential Skills in the Workplace: Essential Skills for Multiskilling at National Silicates (2005)

National Silicates’ Chemical Process Operator (CPO) program began in 1995 when the firm teamed up with four other industrial chemical companies to fill their common need for workforce training in both generic and technical skills.

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2013-10-23

Unravelling the lifelong learning process for Canadian workers and adult learners acquiring higher skills (2013)

Journal of Research and Practice in Adult Literacy, Secondary and Basic Education, Vol.2 No.2, Summer 2013

This article describes a study that investigated aspects of formal, non-formal, and informal learning for workers and adult high school learners seeking literacy and essential skills.

Researchers gathered information from respondents in Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, using semi-structured interviews with instructors and learners to obtain qualitative data, and questionnaires to obtain quantitative data.

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2013-10-21

Assessor's Booklet: Reading – Level 2 (2013)

This booklet is part of a tool, developed by HRSDC, now called Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to help practitioners understand Essential Skills (ES) needed for the workplace, and to do informal ES needs assessments for their clients.

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2013-10-18

Literacy and Essential Skills Factsheets – Learner, David Robicheau (2012)

This factsheet is part of a series prepared by Literacy Nova Scotia, highlighting the experiences of individual adult learners.

Here, the focus is on a man who enrolled in an adult learning program in order to upgrade his skills and eventually reach his goal of acquiring a skilled trade. He explains that he wants to provide for his family, and be a good example for his young daughter.

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2013-10-16

Embedding Literacy and Essential Skills in the Workplace – Final Research Report (2013)

This is the final research report of a three-year project, designed to explore ways to think about Literacy and Essential Skills in the context of the workplace, and to develop strategies for actively embedding literacy in the workplace.

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2013-10-16

Skills in Canada: First Results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) (2013)

This report presents the first results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). PIAAC provides internationally comparable measures of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE).

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2013-10-10

Workforce and Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills – Final Report: Interests and Prospects in Yukon (2013)

This document outlines a project undertaken by the Yukon Literacy Coalition to assess community stakeholder interests related to workplace and workforce literacy and essential skills (LES). The project included a literature review and 96 face-to-face interviews.

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2013-10-08

Client Booklet: Reading – Level 1 (2013)

This booklet is part of a tool developed by HRSDC, now called Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to help employment counsellors carry out informal Essential Skills needs assessments. It is designed for use by a client to assess skill in reading at Level 1 complexity.

The booklet begins with a discussion of reading skills, and instructions for doing the assessment.

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2013-10-07

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