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ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We connect and mobilize business, unions, government, communities and individuals to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life.

Aboriginal Essential Skills Guiding Team

The guiding team is a volunteer network of Aboriginal organizations that share information and work jointly to support a broader understanding of Essential Skills (ES) and its potential to raise Aboriginal Peoples’ skill levels. The team works to: build capacity; deliver quality ES programming within their service areas; increase awareness related to ES; provide information regarding best practices, program models and materials and resources for the delivery and integration of ES into Aboriginal or mainstream employment and training programming.

Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills Pilot Project

The Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills (ALES) Pilot Project was a three year community-based initiative that assisted First Nations communities on southern Vancouver Island and their citizens in developing a learning vision and set of pathways that are culturally relevant and reflective of customized community literacy and essential skills needs, interests and priorities.

Although Three in Four (74%) Employers Believe Essential Skills Are Strategically Relevant to Their Business, Only Three in Ten (31%) Would Like to Provide Training in These Skills

A new survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of ABC Life Literacy Canada reveals that while employers realize the importance of essential skills to their business, not many are willing to invest and provide training for such skills for their employees.

An Aboriginal Essential Skills Journey: Planting the Seeds for Growth

The Aboriginal Essential Skills Journey workshop resources are designed to introduce the concept of Essential Skills to learners and support ES integration into the work of educators, trainers, counsellors. The two day workshop toolkit includes a Facilitator’s Guide and Participant Workbook in both French and English. These workshop materials have been produced anticipating the needs of educators, workplace trainers and facilitators. They are useful in their own contexts and can be downloaded for free. Format and content reflect an Aboriginal worldview.

Career Ladders at One: The Guide Book

Career Ladders at One: The Guide Book builds on the experience of Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) and our partners, Literacy Link South Central (LLSC), the Literacy Network of Durham Region (LiNDR) and Literacy Northwest (LNW), in the first phase of our work at testing the implementation of career ladders in Ontario, as well as incorporates research on career ladder processes in other jurisdictions.

Career Ladders: From Better Skills to Better Work

This brief explores ‘Career Ladders’, a series of connected literacy, language and skills training programs that enable individuals to secure employment within a specific industry or occupational cluster, and to advance to successively higher levels of education and employment within that sector. Each step is explicitly designed to meet the needs of both participants and employers in obtaining necessary workplace skills.

Clearer Sightlines to Employment: What Works for Job-Seekers with Low Educational Attainment

This brief explores the needs and solutions for Ontario’s job-seekers with low educational attainment. It aims to initiate a discussion among government, business and literacy and essential skills practitioners to look for innovative and effective solutions that assist Ontarians in getting back to work.

Do Education & Training Amount to Skills Gains?

Essential Skills Ontario has just released the second of its 2014 Essential Skills Bulletins on PIAAC – the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. Over the past several months, the research team at Essential Skills Ontario has been using the OECD’s public database to unpack and analyze PIAAC results in Canada and Ontario. The second bulletin – Do Education & Training Amount to Skills Gains? – talks about the relationship between education and training on skill levels, as well as the findings in Ontario and Canada.

Do Skills Actually Matter When It Comes to Employment and Earnings?

It is increasingly evident that skills play a strong role in the employment outcomes of adults, as ESO’s latest PIAAC bulletin points out. The third bulletin – Do Skills Actually Matter When it Comes to Employment and Earnings? – examines the relationship between education and training on skill levels. It shows, among other research findings, that those who are least active in the labour force performed poorly relative to those that are employed or looking for work.

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