Over the past several years the Nunavut and NWT Literacy Councils have worked hard to build capacity and to create resources for community-based family literacy. Right now they have limited capacity or resources for workplace and workforce literacy.
Their family literacy experience shows that optimal learning takes place when it involves elders, parents and children; when it’s culturally relevant; and when there is a community context for learning.
Community capacity builds as local people take interest and learn to run a program or participate in one, and as people use and develop resources such as manuals and other tools.
These programs are part of the learning continuum for adults with low literacy skills. Less formal training is often a needed first step between the isolation of low literacy and more formal training. The basic principles that promote successful family literacy programs may provide some useful ideas and models for effective workplace and workforce literacy.
Other jurisdictions provide some examples of models for stakeholder partnerships. See Appendix B for details of eight different models. Some common elements of these collaboration models include the following: