CAPLA PANEL ON MATURE WORKERS MARRIOTT HOTEL, OTTAWA 07 NOVEMBER 2010 ESPORT for Mature Workers
Role of RPL in ESPORT
National Occupational Classifications
IALS assessment materials
Essential Skills Profiles
Canadian Work Preference Inventory
Working in Canada
Authentic Workplace Materials
PLATO Learning System
Addressing Mature Workers’ needs (1)
Identifies other work that matches the worker’s interests
User answers fifty questions about work preference.
User examines occupations that match work preference profiles.
Addressing Mature Workers’ needs (2)
Narrows the search to jobs that are available and rewarding
Assesses Essential Skills and matches with selected profiles
Compares assessed skills with skills required by targeted occupation (gap analysis)
Users click to the precise page in Working in Canada to see wage scale, prospects, and specific jobs available in the user’s community.
Gap Analysis Willow Wisp, for Home Health Care Worker Skill Name Your Skill Level Required Skill Level Reading Text 4 1-3 Document Use 2 1-3 Writing 1 1-2 Numeracy 5 1-2 Oral Communication 2 1-2 Problem Solving 3 1-3 Decision Making 2 1-3 Job Task Planning 2 2 Finding Information 3 1 Computer Use 2 0
Addressing Mature Workers’ needs (3)
Demonstrates existing Essential Skills that are used in targeted occupations
Helps Mature Workers reflect on existing skills they have acquired over forty or fifty or more years of living and working.
Participants describe skills in respect to specific new occupations.
ESPORT generates a document to show the Mature Worker’s potential for the new occupation.
Life and Work Partial response for Registered Nurse (current ESPORT client)
Working in homecare I read and give medication. I complete personal care records daily. Monthly weights are completed and documented as well. I use many different materials for communication including brail for the blind. Capable of taking TPR's,I&O's then recording them.
I'm able to fax or copy any medical documents that needs to be sent or received. I&O's are monitored when necessary to keep a record of anything that may be abnormal. Inservice training is required every year on repositioning residents with assistance as well as alone, by the therapy department using proper body mechanics. Working with mentally challenge people and others with personal issues I have learned to diffuse a situation, look at the positive side and have the consumer calm and relaxed. During emergency situations I'm capable of contacting necessary staff to keep everyone safe as possible. On previous occasions I've completed speech therapy referrals do to language barriers caused by medical disabilities or medical conditions.
Addressing Mature Workers’ needs (4)
Never too Mature to learn
PLATO online learning materials provide self-paced learning paths for Essential Skills, with assessments at levels required by occupations.
Where secondary school credentials are required, PLATO identifies gaps and provides remediation in preparation for GED.
PLATO can be used for college preparation – to brush up on “rusty skills” prior to beginning a vocational training program, or to meet college entrance requirements.
Mature Workers are delighted to see evidence of the skills they have acquired over a lifetime – and to realize that these skills apply in new, untried occupations.
Employers appreciate resumes that demonstrate abilities.
Implementation of ESPORT should be built into a program’s plan; and should relate to concrete goals of participants.
Facilitators require monitoring and support (technology, methodology, and objectives).
Some organizations using ESPORT
Colleges ; e.g. Northlands College, SK
Social services ; e.g. City of Ottawa and Willis College, ON
Sunset industry and union ; Myrt Turner Associates and United Steelworkers, Prince George, BC
Aboriginal ; e.g. Gabriel Dumont Institute, SK
Health care provider and union ; Menorah Park and SEIU, Syracuse, NY
Rehabilitation ; e.g. John Howard Society, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Contact Information Patrick Cummins CEP Consulting Inc. [email_address] Phone: 613 225-3808 www.esportfolio.com Grant Bishop Eskilon Learning Solutions Inc. [email_address] Phone: 905 815-1303 www.eskilonlearning.ca