Authors: Ekos Research Associates Inc.
This document summarizes the results of a survey of 1,500 Canadian employers carried out early in 2007 to examine perceptions surrounding Essential Skills in the workplace.
The authors note that while awareness of the term seems high, employers are more likely to cite job-specific skills as examples of Essential Skills, rather than seeing it as a common set of transferrable skills required for any job.
Other findings suggest that oral communication and working with others are the top-rated skills among employers; informal training is more prevalent than formal training, although majorities of employers rate both as being a high priority; training is most often used to improve productivity in an organization.
The authors also note that most employers have youth employees but only roughly two in ten have employees who are Aboriginal or recent immigrants. Of these three groups, youth receive the highest amount of training in Essential Skills.
This survey was carried to determine why workers affected by plant closures and layoffs in Ontario’s Renfrew County weren’t enrolling in programs offered by the area’s literacy and basic skills (LBS) agencies.
The survey showed that participants who have completed high school may still need further upgrading, especially if they are moving into other careers or seeking higher education; they are frustrated by the lack of coordinated services; and they are not aware that literacy and essential skills training are available, free of charge, in the community.
The authors have included the survey questions and a summary of responses.
Authors: Goss Gilroy Inc.
The evaluation of the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) funded by the National Literacy Secretariat and conducted by Goss Gilroy Inc. (GGI) on behalf of the NALD Board of Directors.
Authors: Heather J. Richmond
This study examines the nature and effectiveness of a community-based literacy program in a Canadian province, specifically the Community Academic Services Program (CASP) of New Brunswick. It will look at this rurally-located literacy program and at the experiences of the learners and facilitators within the program.
Survey of Parents of Preschool Children
Authors: Literacy New Brunswick, Inc. (LNBI)
The Centre de recherche et de développement en éducation (CRDE) in collaboration with Literacy New Brunswick Inc. (LNBI) surveyed a geographical representative sample of New Brunswick parents of preschool children for its research project entitled Family and Early Childhood Literacy in New Brunswick : A Provincial Snapshot (Spring 1999). The objective of the survey was to take stock of the family literacy activities of New Brunswick parents of preschool children, both in the home and the community. This report on the findings of the parental survey consists of three sections: the methodology used to conduct the survey, the findings of the survey, and the conclusion.
Executive Summary of a Provincial Survey
Authors: Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC)
Using focus groups and a province-wide survey of more than 100 family literacy practitioners, this study takes a snapshot of family literacy activity in Ontario. The study is designed to identify issues and gaps in the current family literacy infrastructure and to identify effective and sustainable options for family literacy delivery. Specifically, researchers looked at the types of family literacy programs that currently exist in Ontario, the level and nature of funding for family literacy programming, organizational partnerships involving family literacy programs, the training and professional development needs of family literacy practitioners, and accreditation in the family literacy field. This report includes an executive summary, methodology, discussion of findings and recommendations.
Canadian Social Trends - Article from March 8, 2011
Authors: Leslie-Anne Keown
This article is based on the results of a quiz included as part of the 2009 Canadian Financial Capability Survey (CFCS), sponsored by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Finance Canada and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. The quiz included 14 multiple-choice questions on such topics as inflation and interest rates; credit reports and credit ratings; stocks and risk; insurance; taxation; debts and loans; and banking fees.
Overall, Canadians received a grade of 67 per cent on the quiz. However, the author notes that performance on the quiz can be related to a number of demographic traits. For instance, respondents with higher incomes did better on the quiz than those with lower incomes. University graduates scored higher than respondents with a high school diploma or less.
Immigrants had lower financial knowledge scores than people born in Canada. The author notes that this relationship was complex, with income and time in Canada being important considerations when looking at average financial knowledge scores among immigrants.
The survey questions, along with the correct answers, are contained in an appendix to allow readers to test their own financial knowledge.
New Perspectives on Social Justice From the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)
Authors: Thomas G. Sticht
This article discusses some of the implications of the report entitled "Benchmarking Adult Literacy in America: An International Comparative Study" by Albert Tuijnman of the Institute of International Education, Stockholm University
The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) was formed in 2001 to coordinate adult learning programs, ranging from basic literacy to high school completion, across the province. Since then, there have been more than 30,000 enrolments in NSSAL-funded programs and more than 2,800 adults have earned their high school diploma.
This report summarizes information from the first NSSAL graduate follow-up study, conducted in 2007. Almost 900 graduates were asked about their backgrounds, satisfaction with the program, and the program’s effect on their work and personal lives. Respondents reported increased self-confidence, higher rates of employment, and lower reliance on government assistance.
Series: VIEWPOINTS 2000
The third biannual Canadian Labour and Business Centre Leadership Survey was conducted between March and April 2000, and was sent to 4,442 business leaders in the private sector, public sector management and leaders of trade unions.
The survey asked a number of questions relating to labour and management perceptions of the problems facing the economy, labour-management relations, the changing nature of work and work arrangements, and other areas of interest to the Canadian Labour and Business Centre’s Board of Directors.
Included in this year's survey for the first time were questions relating to the healthy workplace. This paper discusses the key indicators of a healthy workplace; trends in these key indicators; assessment of changes in workplace health and safety overall; the major factors behind these changes; and suggested action to ameliorate health hazards to employees at work.