Essential Skills

Workbook 1: Assess your skills (2004)

The workbooks in the Skills at Work program are for adults in upgrading programs who are preparing for work. In Skills at Work, learners read about different kinds of jobs and the skills needed to do these jobs. The workbooks help learners see links between the skills they may already have and the skills they need at work and illustrate how skills can be transferred from one job to another.

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2008-10-23

Practitioner Guide to Workbooks 1 and 2 (2004)

This practitioner guide is for instructors and tutors who are working with adults using the Skills at Work workforce literacy materials. Skills at Work explores common entry - level jobs and the ways literacy skills are applied generally at work. Its target audience is adults in Literacy and Basic Skills programs whose goals include employment.

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2008-10-23

Meeting the Challenge (2005)

A Guide to Working with Essential Skills

This resource highlights the importance of Essential Skills, those basic skills that we use every day to take part in activities of daily living and to do the tasks required in our job. This guide provides information on a number of programs, tools, best practices, applications, initiatives and pilot projects from across Canada that focus on Essential Skills.

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2008-09-30

Measuring and Monitoring Literacy: What the data imply for policy in Alberta (2008)

A PowerPoint Presentation

This resource is a powerpoint presentation of 76 slides by T. Scott Murray, Director, Learning Outcomes, of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics. In his presentation, Murray discusses the importance of skills and learning in terms of public policy, particularly in regards to the Province of Alberta.

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2008-09-10

Learner Skill Attainment - Framework (2008)

Learner Skill Attainment (LSA) was a large-scale research initiative, spearheaded by Ontario's College Sector Committee, designed to assist Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) learners in Ontario move more easily among the programs that serve their educational and training needs. The initiative identified five pathways that LBS learners take to transition to greater independence, employment or further education and training.

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2008-09-09

TOWES Baseline Testing (2008)

Project Findings

The Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) is a competency-based test that uses problem sets and authentic workplace documents to assess essential sills proficiencies in three domains: reading text, document use, and numeracy.

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2008-08-26

Testing...TOWES (2008)

Part of the Learner Skill Attainment Initiative

The Learner Skill Attainment (LSA) Initiative, led by Ontario's College Sector Committee, was undertaken in early 2007 to develop a framework for measuring learner skill attainment in three key essential skills areas: reading text, document use and numeracy.

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2008-08-20

Essential Skills in Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades: An Environmental Scan (2004)

Final Report

This document is the final report on a project on Essential Skills conducted by the Canadian Labour and Business Centre on behalf of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

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2008-07-08

Connecting Research with Policy (2008)

The Learning Paths of Low Skilled Workers

In this booklet in the Connecting Research with Policy series, three key findings relating to learning and low-skilled workers are described. Below each finding, a brief paragraph entitled "policy implication" discusses what the key finding means in terms of workplace policies. The key findings discussed in this document are summarized as follows:

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2008-06-12

Sectoral Needs Assessment (2000)

A Process for Essential Skills Analysis

In an ever-changing work environment, workers wishing to remain employable and employers wishing to maintain a competitive edge require a strong foundation of flexible skills to continuously learn and change along with the work. In order to plan successfully for workforce development, employers need to analyze the essential skills of their workforce. That's where this guide comes in.

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