C1 literacy and essential skills part 1

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<ul><li> 1. Literacy and Essential Skills for the Canadian Labour Market Presentation to the OCASI Professional Development Conference Toronto, ON,June 20-22, 2011</li></ul> <p> 2. Outline </p> <ul><li>The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Mission, Mandate and Focus </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Literacy and Essential Skills </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Definition, Benefits, Newcomer Context </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>National Dialogue on Immigrant LES </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Findings </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Literacy and Essential Skills Tools </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Categorization and Examples </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Tailoring Approaches to Learners Needs </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul></li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>5 .Questions/Comments </li></ul> <p>Outline 2 3. Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) RESEARCH PROGRAMMING Researching LES issues TOOLS Development and dissemination PARTNERSHIPS Mandate:OLES is a centre of expertise with a labour market focus, building awareness and capacity in what works for improving the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians. Funds projects through Grants &amp; Contributions With OGDs, PTs, non-profit organizations OLES does this through : OLES is part ofHuman Resources and Skills Development Canada(HRSDC) 4. Understanding Literacy &amp; Essential Skills Reading Writing Document Use Numeracy Computer Use Thinking Oral Communication Working with Others Continuous Learning </p> <ul><li>Literacy and Essential Skills: </li></ul> <ul><li>are needed for work, learning and life;</li></ul> <ul><li>are the foundation for learning all other skills;</li></ul> <ul><li>help people evolve with their jobs and adapt toworkplace change.</li></ul> <ul><li>These skills are used in nearly every job and throughout daily life in different ways and at varying levels of complexity . </li></ul> <p>4 Literacy Essential Skills 5. </p> <ul><li>Benefits for Individuals: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Improved self confidence </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Increased job opportunities </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Higher earnings </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Benefits for Employers: </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Higher productivity </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Improved safety</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Greater employee retention</li></ul></li></ul> <p>Why Are Literacy and Essential Skills Important? 6. Context </p> <ul><li>Within the immigrant population low literacy is disproportionately high </li></ul> <p>6 </p> <ul><li><ul><li>60%of recent and established immigrants lack the necessary skills to function in a knowledge based economy, compared to37%of the Canadian-born population. </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Despite having high levels of education, recent immigrants are more likely than Canadian-born workers to have lower earnings: 67% earn less than $20/hour as compared to 43% of Canadian-born.</li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Official language fluency andliteracy skillsare identified by both immigrants and employers as being primary barriers to immigrant labor market integration. </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li> In a global economy, a highly skilled population is an asset and fundamental to economic growth (Statistics Canada, 2008) </li></ul></li></ul> <p>Strong literacy and essential skills are a prerequisite to learning new skills and ensuring effective transitions into the labour market 7. </p> <ul><li>OLES worked together withCitizenship and Immigration Canada(CIC) and held three events in 2010. </li></ul> <ul><li>Vancouver Roundtable </li></ul> <ul><li>Executive Directors and heads of key stakeholder organizations (service providers, academic institutions, employers and literacy organizations) from across Canada were engaged in a discussion to identify LES issues and barriers facing immigrants. </li></ul> <ul><li>Practitioners Fora (Calgary and Toronto) </li></ul> <ul><li>Brought together practitioners from key stakeholder organizations to begin to develop practical solutions to address the issues addressed by the roundtable. </li></ul> <p>National Dialogue on Immigrants and LES 8. </p> <ul><li>Safeway Canada </li></ul> <ul><li>Safeway is a large grocery store chain in W. Canada that is involved in various innovative initiatives to hire, retain and promote newcomers in various positions within their company. </li></ul> <ul><li>LES Issues </li></ul> <ul><li>Immigrants are important to its labour force growth. </li></ul> <ul><li>English Skills may not be sufficient for the position. </li></ul> <ul><li>Non-verbal communication skills in a Canadian context may be lacking. </li></ul> <ul><li>Government, Service Providers, and Educational Institutions can play a vital role by:</li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>developing tools/ practices to assist with the integration of new immigrants; </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>ensuring that programs provide immigrants with the skills that are in demand in the workplace </li></ul></li></ul> <p>Findings: An Employers Perspective 9. </p> <ul><li>South Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) </li></ul> <ul><li>SAIT is a polytechnic in Calgary that has also developed innovative LES initiatives for newcomers</li></ul> <ul><li>Steady increase in SAIT L2 learners - up to a 50% increase in some programs . </li></ul> <ul><li>LES Issues </li></ul> <ul><li>Oral Communication (including pronunciation), use of sector-specific vocabulary, writing skills,cultural knowledge related to the workplace (includes non-verbal communication). </li></ul> <ul><li>This lack of skills creates barriers not only to success in school but ultimately in entering the workforce. </li></ul> <p>Findings : An Educational Institutions Perspective 10. Literacy and Essential Skills Tools </p> <ul><li>Free and easy-to-use tools that can address different</li></ul> <ul><li>LES challenges</li></ul> <ul><li>Can be used by various audiences: Teachers/Trainers/ Career Counsellors, Individuals (Job Seekers &amp; Workers), Employers and HR Professionals, Apprentices &amp; Tradespersons </li></ul> <ul><li>Can be self-administered or delivered through</li></ul> <ul><li>practitioners such as career counsellors,</li></ul> <ul><li>teachers etc.</li></ul> <p> 11. Tool Categories </p> <ul><li>NEEDS ASSESSMENT </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Tools to better understand your LES strengths and weaknesses </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>LEARNING &amp; TRAINING SUPPORTS </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Tools to improve LES levels </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>APPRENTICESHIP </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Information about how LES are used in the trades </li></ul></li></ul>

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