A Consultation on Workforce and Workplace Literacy with the LBS Field
Authors: Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC)
The consultation upon which this summary report is based was part of Stay Tuned In to Workplace Literacy: Developing a Practitioner Network, an Ontario Literacy Coalition (OLC) project to support the First Sites in workplace literacy development.
The OLC is now called Essential Skills Ontario.
The First Sites are five regional networks that were chosen to pilot the province's workplace literacy strategy. They have been actively engaged in gaining knowledge, developing their skills and marketing workplace literacy over the last year.
The consultation was to take a temperature reading with Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) funded agencies with respect to both workforce and workplace literacy.
For more information about Essential Skills Ontario, click here: http://www.essentialskillsontario.ca/
Authors: Joy Van Kleef
The data that were gathered in an international 2007 study led by OECD on the recognition of non-formal and informal learning suggested that the PLAR activity level in Canadian post-secondary institutions might be higher than previously thought, and that Canada’s performance may compare favourably with the efforts of other countries, particularly in terms of the number of assessments conducted.
As there was, at that time, no single source of information available on the number of assessments conducted by Canada’s public post-secondary institutions, the Canadian Institute for Recognizing Learning (CIRL) approached the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre with a proposal to investigate possible sources of reliable data. This report represents the results of that investigation.
This book is for community agency board members, volunteers and staff who want to know how they can make their organization's services more accessible to people with low literacy skills. Workers can also find out how they can be a vital link between literacy training programs and the people who could benefit from them.
Researchers across Canada looked for and found examples of how community agencies can make sure that people who cannot read and write well can use their services. They also came up with ideas on how these organizations can be an important link between the people who have difficulty reading and writing and the many literacy programs available across Canada. The research team found that many of the people served by community agencies have trouble reading and writing. Low literacy is often one of many problems faced by people who are poor, sick, out of a job or in trouble with the law.
The research results are reflected in two volumes. Part 1, Taking Down the Wall of Words: Community Agencies and Literacy gives an overview of the problem of illiteracy and the role of community agencies in alleviating it. This handbook, part 2 of the series, is a practical guide to making literacy an integral part of your agency's operation and thinking. It is addressed to managers and program directors at community agencies and is designed to assist them in implementing literacy activities.
Women's Education des femmes, Summer 1992 - Vol. 9, No. 4
Authors: Loralee Elliot
This is the story of a single working mother's abusive childhood and how she ended up being a teenage runaway.
Sue Turner, on behalf of the Western Canada Workplace Essential Skills Training Network (WWestnet), welcomed delegates to taking it to the street: Incorporating Essential Skills Into Your Training Agenda. She explained that the symposium was aimed at “on the ground” trainers in industry and labour, and would address the concept of workplace essential skills (what these skills include and how these skills can be incorporated into technical training programs).
A Report of the Health Literacy in Rural Nova Scotia Research Project
It is well known that people who have trouble reading and writing often have poor health.
This is a report for a project called The Health Literacy in Rural Nova Scotia Research Project. During the project, people from various counties in Nova Scotia were brought together to learn more about how literacy affects health. Most importantly, the project was intended to find out what can be done to break down the barriers to health that low literacy creates.
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
This report brings together information presented in Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) publications over the five-year period ending in 2010.
The authors note that on the surface, Canada is doing well as a society of lifelong learners but a closer look reveals many signs of emerging weakness that threaten the country’s continued prosperity. Chief among them are the lack of a coherent vision and an action plan for a lifelong learning system; the absence of shared national indicators of progress in early childhood learning; the large proportion of Canadian adults with low literacy skills; and gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth when it comes to completing high school and post-secondary education.
The authors call upon Canada’s political leaders to turn rhetoric about lifelong learning into a plan for action.
Authors: Canadian Council on Learning (CCL)
This discussion paper, prepared by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), looks at the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP) as a vehicle for promoting equitable access to post-secondary education, particularly for students from lower-income families. Specifically, it brings to light various methods through which student loan repayment can be managed, and evaluates current program approaches.
Most student loan repayment mechanisms in Canada can be described as mortgage-style repayment (MSR) schemes, which work well for those borrowers who do not experience any difficulty in repayment, as measured by their debt-to-income ratios. However, a number of income contingent repayment (ICR) measures have been put in place to ensure that student debt does not become crippling for new graduates who run into problems repaying their loans.
The authors note that to be successful, the CSLP must find ways to assure potential students that their fears about unmanageable student debt can be addressed and should not deter them from post-secondary education.
Background report for Joint Project on Integrating Foreign Trained Workers into the Labour Market
Immigrants make up a significant and growing share of Ottawa's workforce. Each year, thousands of highly educated professionals make Ottawa their home. Unfortunately, many of these newcomers face a difficult and lengthy transition into careers and positions commensurate with their education and skills. For some, the transition never happens.
In an effort to address this issue, the Ottawa Foreign Trained Workers Project was launched to develop a community-based strategy aimed at facilitating the accreditation and integration of foreign trained workers into the Ottawa economy. To set the stage for future phases of the project, this report provides a statistical overview of Ottawa's immigrant population, highlighting the problem of skills underutilization.