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The focus of Essential Skills and the Northern Oil and Gas Workforce was on effective training with a particular emphasis on the role of essential skills enhancement in the development of the northern workforce. It was hoped that this conference would help to raise awareness of essential skills and provide a jumping off point for increased essential skills integration in education and workplace training programs.
Reading the Future: A Portrait of Literacy in Canada
This report synthesizes the results of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), for Canada. IALS was a seven-country investigation undertaken in the fall of 1994. Its main goal was to create comparable literacy profiles across national, linguistic and cultural boundaries. Highlights from the Canada Report include :
Demographic distributions of literacy in Canada
Economic dimensions of literacy in Canada
Literacy practices in Canada
Measuring the success of the IALS
Appendices contain details on participants, literacy performance on three scales : prose, document and quantitative, as well as international standard occupational classification breakdowns at different group titles.
Regional distributions of literacy levels in Canada are examined, and results of IALS are compared with those of LSUDA (1989), Literacy Skills Used in Daily Activities. Other variables taken into consideration are : literacy and educational attainment, literacy and language, literacy and age. Under economic dimensions of literacy, researchers investigate relationships between literacy and employment.
The statistical data in the document are broken down by language, age, gender and religion. It provides new information with which to evaluate Canadian policy on literacy, education, and socio-economic development. The report gives Canadians a glimpse of their possible future, by opening a window on their life at home, in the community and in the workplace.
This publication is a joint effort of Statistics Canada, Human Resources Development Canada and the National Literacy Secretariat. It can be ordered at a cost of $49.00 through Statistics Canada, Operations and Integration Division, Circulation Management, 120 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6, Tel. (613) 951-7277, or 1-800-263-1136, Fax (613) 951-1584. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org (96.10.05)
This study examines how literacy and numeracy skills affect the performance of Canadian high school dropouts in the labour market.
The authors note that their research shows these skills have significant effects on the probability of being employed and on the hours and weeks of work for both men and women. They also have a strong direct influence on the incomes of men, but not of women.
The findings suggest that high school curricula that develop literacy and numeracy skills could provide significant returns, even for those who don’t complete their education and wind up at the lower end of the labour market. The authors note that the findings also suggest that training programs catering to drop-outs could substantially improve their chances in the job market by developing these basic skills.
The authors note that their findings contradict a common economic theory that suggests there are minimal returns to human capital in the so-called secondary market, which is characterized by lack of training, low incomes and poor job security.
A Summary of Task and Skill Ratings and a Bibliography of Resources
This is a report on a project which focused on the Life Skill Literacy needs of at risk youth 16-18, who have been committed to a young offender institution and who show no evident interest in returning to traditional schooling upon release. The target population of the study was aboriginal youth, largely from remote northern communities where the traditional employment of hunting, trapping and guiding remain prevalent. Some of the target population has personal problems with nonprescription drug use and alcohol abuse. A portion of the target population may exhibit some characteristics and behaviors consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
At the end of the report is a list of teaching resources, including books, computer software and websites, which is grouped by subject area.
Authors: Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
The document "Report Card", published by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, is an overview of the IALSS, released in 2005.
The main themes of the document are:
- Labour Market Outcomes
- Industry Sectors
- Incidence of Low Proficiency
Authors: Paula De Coito
This report contains the findings of a survey of adult basic education programs in Canada. The objective of the survey was to provide information which could be used to answer the question: To what extent do adult basic education programs in Canada address the learning and related needs of women?
The survey focused on two areas:
1. Four components of adult basic education programs (program delivery, instructors, curriculum, and materials)
2. Learning and related needs of women in adult basic education programs.
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