CORNER BROOK, NL – Following 30 months of research, design, development and field testing, the Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council (NLLLC) has launched Essential Skills – Have You Used Yours Today?
This is a teaching and learning package designed to help adult learners increase their literacy and essential skills in order to make easier transitions to a new workforce or adapt to changing technology on the job. This project was funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada through the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills.
Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to call upon older workers to fill the gaps left by a diminishing workforce. NLLLC anticipated a growing need for literacy services to address essential skills development and workforce literacy to fill this gap and therefore developed an appropriate and effective tool for increasing essential skills whether in one-on-one tutoring or group-learning environments.
The package, developed by literacy practitioner Linda Collier of Stephenville, in consultation with learners and literacy volunteers throughout the province, is suitable for any learner, but it was specifically developed for older workers. It is a comprehensive and a one-of- a- kind Canadian resource which is up-to-date with today’s technological work environments.
The package contains a curriculum consisting of a training manual, tutor handbook, tutor guides and student skill books based on key knowledge and practical skills for everyday living and working. The tutor guides and student skill books will be distributed across Canada and will be made available for downloading on the NLLLC website by the end of April.
“We are truly pleased to offer these materials to literacy practitioners across Canada as an effective tool for increasing essential skills whether in one-on-one tutoring or group learning environments,” says Margie Lewis, executive director of NLLLC.
For more information, contact Margie Lewis, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 709-634-5081/1441 or Linda Collier, Training Package Development Facilitator, at email@example.com or 709-643-4121/6699.