A Report on Pre-employment Testing Practices - Part 1 and Part 2
This report is based on a research project that analyzed five pre-employment tests to determine the skill level required to complete them successfully. Three of the tests were commercially available ones, while the others had been prepared in-house by individual employers. All were being used by employers in eastern Ontario.
In particular, the researchers were interested in how well the tests assessed Essential Skills (ES) and whether they demanded an ES level beyond the ability of an entry-level candidate.
The project also involved a review of literature about pre-employment testing.
Based on their findings, the authors encourage employers to choose pre-employment tests carefully to make sure the skills being tested match the skills required for the job in question. They urge employers not to rely solely on such tests to screen would-be employees, but to use them simply as part of the selection process.
They also point out that pre-employment testing is on the rise, a fact that has important implications for literacy practitioners. Instructors must ensure that adult learners develop test-taking skills as well as literacy skills.
Essential Skills for Life, Learning and Work, National Version
This publication is related to Human Resources Development Canada's Applications of Working and Learning (AWAL) project, a national, professional development project for educators. It is part of a student-focused bilingual AWAL project that was developed as a way to bring the Essential Skills research, not just to teachers, but also to students. This project involved developing a classroom resource that exposes students in Grades 7-12 to the theory behind the Essential Skills so that this language becomes meaningful, informative and commonplace. In its design, the resource ensures that students will not just hear it and speak it; they will live it and experience it through continued, deliberate, and explicit practice and application.
This student-focused AWAL resource book was designed as a graduated AWAL experience for students in Grades 7-12. It is divided into four sections: introductory, beginner, intermediate, and expert.
This is one of four stories adapted from a screenplay, the others are entitled:
- Roger's Story
- Margaret's Story
Authors: Lindsay Kennedy
The purpose of this document is to give support organizations the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the Continuous Improvement Performance Management System (CIPMS) as it applies to them.
The author has included sections on building a performance framework; the logic model development; and performance indicators and measurement tools. The author discusses the service functions of Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) organizations and has included a glossary of terms used throughout the document.
This presentation shows the highlights of a webinar hosted in March 2012 by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to discuss the importance of Essential Skills for immigrants in today’s knowledge-based economy.
The webinar focused on three specific initiatives: an Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP) focusing on economic integration, education, health, and other needs; a project in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that looked at a new approach for linking Essential Skills with the teaching of Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 1-4 and English as an Additional Language (EAL) literacy; and a discussion of the Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Education at Alberta’s NorQuest College.
The webinar also included a discussion of the nature of Essential Skills and a look at the tools and resources available through HRSDC’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES).
The publisher of this document, Community Literacy of Ontario, is a network of more than a hundred community literacy agencies. The goal of this resource guide is to help those agencies strengthen their performance.
The authors have included chapters on financial management; human resources management; risk management; and customer service. They also discuss strategic planning; program evaluation; board governance; and marketing.
Series: Connecting to Workplaces
Authors: Anne-Marie Kaskens
The Cashier Demonstration LBS Level 3 booklet gives learners and instructors information on a career as a cashier.
It includes essential core skills chart, demonstrations, resources and other useful information.
This is one of ten booklets in a series entitled "Connecting to Workplaces". The other careers in the series include:
1- Chambermaid/Housekeeping Cleaner Demonstration LBS Level 3
2- Pet Groomer LBS Levels 3/4
3- Hunting/Fishing or Recreation Guide Demonstration LBS Levels 2/3
4- Laundromat Operator Demonstration LBS Level 4
5- Taxi Driver Demonstration - LBS Level 3
6- Florist Assistant Demonstration LBS Level 3
7- Security Officer LBS Levels 2/3
8- Forestry Worker Demonstration LBS Level 3
9- Nanny/Caregiver Demonstration LBS Levels 2/3
Authors: Kate Nonesuch
This document is aimed at three target audiences: people who work directly with children, including parents, childcare workers, preschool teachers and elementary school teachers; people who work with parents and children together, including facilitators of parenting groups and family literacy programs; and Adult Basic Education instructors and tutors who teach basic math to adults. The introduction discusses how each of these groups can use the activities in this book to learn math.
The author has included more than 40 activities families can do together to learn math. The activities are varied and include songs and rhymes, craft projects and outdoor activities like nature walks.
One Hundred Years of Teaching, Learning and Nation Building
This document was published in 1999 to mark the hundredth anniversary of Frontier College, a Canada-wide organization that teaches literacy skills and nurtures lifelong learning through a range of programs in a variety of settings.
The authors provide an anecdotal history of the organization, culled from letters and reports sent to the organization’s central office or circulated among its teachers. The letters reflect particular times and illustrate the changing values of Canadian society.
The authors have divided the document into three sections: education and democracy, which covers the period from 1899 to 1954; education and modernity, from 1954 to 1974; and education and survival, dealing with the period from 1974 to 1999.
The document is illustrated with photographs going back to Frontier College’s earliest days and continuing up to the 1990s.
Series: Skills at Work series
Authors: Trudy Kennell
This book is a guide to developing and using a blended approach to learning. Blended learning combines the best features of face-to-face sessions with the flexibility of e-learning. This guide demonstrates how learners can blend the best resources, technology, and practices from the e-learning world into their particular settings. In this guide, you will find information and suggestions, as well as examples of people, programs, and resources that illustrate a blended approach to learning.
The guide has been organized into the following three parts:
1 - The elements of blending learning
2 - Supports for students and literacy practitioners
3 - Benefits and challenges of blended learning