Becoming State of the Art: Research Brief No.2, 2012
Authors: Essential Skills Ontario
Collection: Research Materials
This research brief, prepared by Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), explores options for involving business and industry representatives in the design and delivery of Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) training to provide a clearer path to employment for adults who lack a high school diploma.
Based on their examination of effective programs implemented in other jurisdictions, the authors pinpointed a number of key features integral to their success. Those features include blending work-specific technology skills with basic skills to get the most out of each; targeting occupations and industries that are projected to be in high demand locally; working with employers to design programs and provide wrap-around supports meeting the needs of those without a high school diploma; and developing career ladders based on industry sectors, offering the framework and delivery mechanisms to help adults progress as quickly as possible through a continuum of industry-recognized education and training credentials.
Innovative approaches are needed in this area, as adults without a diploma are now twice as likely to be unemployed as they were 20 years ago, the authors point out. Many jobs traditionally held by people with low educational attainment have been drastically changed by advancements in technology, and competition from cheap overseas labour.