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The most recent survey by Statistics Canada found that about one out of every three adults in Ontario would benefit from literacy education.
Bridging the Employment Gap for Learners with Low-Level Literacy Skills
This project developed workforce curricula to help learners at Essential Skills Level 1 to upgrade their literacy, numeracy and other essential skills in an entry-level occupational context. Though best suited for Ontario LBS levels 1 & 2, including learners with special needs, they can also be adapted for use at LBS level 3. The curricula were field-tested at 11 pilot sites, enabling some participating students to enter job placements or paid entry-level employment in specific occupations. The curricula also help prepare students for more advanced training.
There are 5 occupational sector manuals – Clerical, Retail, Janitorial, Grounds Maintenance, and Kitchen Help – as well as a 6th manual called Ready for Work which focuses on “soft skills” needed by all employees. Ready for Work was developed in response to requests from employment counsellors and job developers. The manuals include instructor notes, learning activities and learning demonstrations. To order these manuals in either hard copy or on CD, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Bridging the Employment Gap manuals are now available for free download at the NALD website. Click on this link.
This site combines the work of our network and that of the Peel-Halton-Dufferin Adult Learning Network (PHDALN). Our network created the demonstrations bank and board while the PHDALN created the demonstration builder. The site is now a provincial site and has been transferred to the Alpha Plus Centre.
The site is designed to assist Literacy and Basic Skills Program delivery agencies in Ontario to develop and apply learning outcomes demonstrations.
To view a copy of the final report in HTML or PDF (2213 KB) click here
Sharing the Path - Developing a Common Understanding of Assessment
Two models for developing a common understanding of assessment among literacy agencies are outlined within the final report. These models are based upon the experiences of Project READ Literacy Network and our network. Both models are presented in a how to fashion, offering meeting agendas, topics, group activities, facilitation tips, and other suggestions. Copies of the handbook are available from Project READ: email email@example.com.