Essential Skills for EmployabilityContextualized by workplace occupation…1. Reading text2. Document use3. Writing4. Numeracy5. Computer skills6. Oral communication7. Thinking skills – Problem Solving, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Job Task Planning and Organizing, Significant Use of Memory, Finding Information8. Working with others9. Continuous learning
The Essential Skills PortfolioOrigins and character• First immigrants, now “general” – Career changers (younger, older..)• Reflection on life-wide learning of Essential Skills for employability• Build confidence, improve “skills dialogue” – Make resumes & cover letters clearer, more credible – Preparation tool for interviews• More than ES: attitudes, specialized skills• Product: ring binder, from electronic templates• 18 hours class time + c. 18 hours of homework
The “e” factorAdvantages and opportunities• Information Management – Collecting, archiving, making different versions• Measurability – Frameworks, rubrics, summative tracking• Interoperability – Communication with other ICT systems via APIs, open standards• Sharing – “One to many”, digital copies, links to specific pages• Multimedia – Video, audio, digital images, online presentations…and scanned docs• Internet skills – Online research: documents, networks, Internet literacy• Collaboration – Easy to add comments, edit, mentor, coach• Personal Learning Environment – Integrated learning environment, professional network, digital identity
Essential Skills ePortfolioProgram overview• Adapt the paper curriculum• Leverage the “e” factor• Embed authentic ICT skills – Useful software, accessible hardware – Digital identity literacy• Provide ongoing support
Here in Manitoba A Guide toCareer Portfolio Manitoba Building a Career Portfolio Step 1: Reflecting: Identifying my knowledge, skills & abilities Step 4: Step 2: Organizing & Portfolio Gathering assembling evidence of items into my Process items for my portfolio portfolio Step 3: Grouping evidence into themes
Vision for Career Portfolio ManitobaCareer development for life• For all Manitobans• Learner owned• Lifelong• Lifewide: home, community, school, work...• Based on (not restricted to) Essential Skills• Built through partnerships of stakeholders, with WEM and WPLAR as “anchor tenants”• Globally aware, locally relevant
ImplementationOnline tour (careerportfolio.mb.ca)
Career Portfolio ManitobaPersonal Learning Environment Online HE Online Mentoring Learning Credential Services systems Verification Employer HR Government Management Information Systems Portals Professional Thin Localized Bodies ePortfolio Labour Market (CPD) Hub Information Job Boards, Web 2.0 Recruitment Sites Personal Networks TBA
ePortfolio and 21st Century LearningAssessment of/for learning http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/e-portfolios
Human Capital ManagementA large (and growing) sector
Moving forward• Shorten curriculum, customize delivery – Versions: Full/accelerated/modular• Stream learners – Computer skills gap training – Custom streams, e.g. Winnipeg Transition Centre• Add more exemplars – Return to work, mature worker, Aboriginal...
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