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Workforce
Literacy and
Essential
Skills
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
The Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Project
 Developed by Literacy Victor...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Project Participants
 Corporate Partners
 Community Partners
 Knowledge Partner...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Essential Skills—The HRSDC Framework
“Essential Skills are the skills needed for w...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Essential Skills needed for all occupations
1. Reading Text
2. Document Use
3. Wri...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Literacy
“The ability to understand and employ printed information in
daily activi...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Literacy Levels
 Level 1-- Poor reading, writing, numeracy skills. Difficulty wit...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
In British Columbia
 40% of working-age adults (16-65) are below level 3.
 This ...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
A Hidden Issue
 Most workers can read and write, but still may struggle to
comple...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Why should business be
involved in literacy?
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skil...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
 The Canadian economy is shifting from manufacturing and
natural resources to a k...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Potential Benefits for Business
 Improved safety
 Improved productivity
 Reduce...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Stages of Corporate Readiness
 Stage 1: Unaware and unready
 Stage 2: Unaware an...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Trainees are supported for nine months
 Phase One: Pre-employment training
 Phas...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Program Delivery Model
 Individual Training Plan
 Weekly meeting with a tutor
 ...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
1. Learners
Network Intake
•Application
•Interview
•Matched with a
tutor
•Benchmar...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Curricula
 Self-paced learning modules
 Based on National Occupation Standards
...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Qualities for Success
 Confidence
 Courage
 Courtesy
 Enthusiasm
 Flexibility...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
The Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Program is
funded by HRSDC, Office of ...
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Contact
Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
Project Coordinator
info@literacyv...
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  1. 1. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills
  2. 2. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills The Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Project  Developed by Literacy Victoria, with private sector employers and community partners  A national, two-year pilot project  Goal: To develop a replicable model that will help Canadians with lower literacy levels successfully prepare for a job, get a job and keep a job.
  3. 3. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Project Participants  Corporate Partners  Community Partners  Knowledge Partners  Volunteer Tutors  Trainees
  4. 4. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Essential Skills—The HRSDC Framework “Essential Skills are the skills needed for work, learning and life. They provide the foundation for learning all other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change.” Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, Human Resource and Skills Development Canada
  5. 5. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Essential Skills needed for all occupations 1. Reading Text 2. Document Use 3. Writing 4. Numeracy 5. Oral Communication 6. Thinking Skills (includes problem solving) 7. Working with Others 8. Computer Use 9. Continuous Learning
  6. 6. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Literacy “The ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities, at home, at work and in the community—to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” The Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Statistics Canada
  7. 7. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Literacy Levels  Level 1-- Poor reading, writing, numeracy skills. Difficulty with printed materials.  Level 2--Limited skills. Can find familiar words in simple text.  Level 3-- Minimum level needed to cope with today’s knowledge-based, electronic world. Can read material that is simple and clearly laid out.  Levels 4/5--Higher-order information processing skills.
  8. 8. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills In British Columbia  40% of working-age adults (16-65) are below level 3.  This includes 1 million Canadian-born adults and 300,000 immigrants.
  9. 9. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills A Hidden Issue  Most workers can read and write, but still may struggle to complete forms and documents, understand memos, count cash, use computers, communicate well, problem solve  Workers may not realize their skills are too low  Workers and employers usually adapt and work around it
  10. 10. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Why should business be involved in literacy? Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Low literacy costs Canadian businesses $2.5 billion annually in lost productivity. Literacy Alberta, 2007
  11. 11. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills  The Canadian economy is shifting from manufacturing and natural resources to a knowledge-based economy.  Rapid changes in technology and global competition require continuous learning and adaptation for all workers.  All of us struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of change, but workers with low literacy struggle even more.
  12. 12. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Potential Benefits for Business  Improved safety  Improved productivity  Reduced wastage and errors  Training “sticks”  Ability to recruit, retain and promote the most promising employees
  13. 13. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Stages of Corporate Readiness  Stage 1: Unaware and unready  Stage 2: Unaware and favourable  Stage 3: Aware of the need  Stage 4: Implementing solutions
  14. 14. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Trainees are supported for nine months  Phase One: Pre-employment training  Phase Two: Transition to employment—job search support  Phase Three: Mentoring while adjusting to a new job
  15. 15. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Program Delivery Model  Individual Training Plan  Weekly meeting with a tutor  40-60 hours of pre-employment workshops  Monthly Training circle
  16. 16. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills 1. Learners Network Intake •Application •Interview •Matched with a tutor •Benchmarking •Goal Setting workbook 2. Employment Goal Identified •Screen for WLES eligibility •If not yet eligible, continue in LN or refer to external agencies •If eligible, LN coordinator makes referral to WLES 3. WLES Intake •Interview •Skills assessment •Accepted or declined •If declined, make referrals out, or continue in LN 4. Trainee Accepted •Individual Learning Plan created, based on their goals 5. Required Employment Readiness Modules •Qualities and Attitudes for Success •Essential Skills •Career Exploration and sectoral knowledge •Specific Employment goals 6. Search for Employment •Search skills •Application letters •Resume •Interview Skills 7. Adjust to Employment & Engage Employer •WLES contacts employer, with permission of trainee •WLES staff engage employer WLES Trainee Flow (Draft Pilot #2)
  17. 17. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Curricula  Self-paced learning modules  Based on National Occupation Standards  Adaptation of emerit’s Tourism Essentials  Includes:  Positive attitudes  Essential (transferable) Skills  Sector Knowledge
  18. 18. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Qualities for Success  Confidence  Courage  Courtesy  Enthusiasm  Flexibility  Helpfulness  Honesty  Patience  Respect  Responsibility  Reliability  Tact
  19. 19. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills The Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Program is funded by HRSDC, Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.
  20. 20. Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Contact Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Project Coordinator info@literacyvictoria.ca www.literacyvictoria.ca Questions?

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