Adult Basic Education, Upgrading, and English as a Second Language: Development Student Outcomes Survey – Report of Findings

May 13th, 2017

Increasing globalization, rapidly-changing technology and an aging baby boomer generation are all contributing to a growing skills shortage in British Columbia and elsewhere. Post-secondary education must to a large extent address this gap in providing skilled workers to meet employers’ … Continue reading

Literacy and numeracy among off-reserve First Nations people and Métis: Do higher skill levels improve labour market outcomes?

December 23rd, 2016

This article by Paula Arriagada and Darcy Hango of Statistics Canada, examines the essential literacy and numeracy skills of off-reserve First Nations and Métis adults and the relationship between their skill level in these domains, education and employment outcomes. While … Continue reading

Student outcome survey shows apprenticeship training in B.C. pays off

December 23rd, 2016

Since 2005, the BC Ministry of Advanced Education and BCStats have been conducting a province-wide annual survey of former apprenticeship students in British Columbia along with graduates of other post-secondary programs, which are delivered through 19 BC public post-secondary institutions … Continue reading

Escalator Jobs for Youth facing Barriers: Companies and Youth Moving up in the World

November 17th, 2016

This study focusses on the young people in in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) of Ontario. It examined an action plan called Escalator: Jobs for Youth Facing Barriers that was established through a partnership between Government of Ontario … Continue reading

Strengthening Rural Canada

November 12th, 2015

Strengthening Rural Canada is a comprehensive study of the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s rural communities. Using the most recent Census and National Household Survey data, the initiative examines existing social and human capital dimensions in rural areas and how these factors will impact rural growth. Continue reading

If at First You Don’t Succeed: Toward an Adult Education and Training Strategy for Canada

November 10th, 2015

This study published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy reviews the landscape of formal adult learning in Canada. The authors examine the population of adult learners who might benefit from additional education or training and provide an analysis … Continue reading

First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project Website (FIMESIP)

November 5th, 2015

This comprehensive inventory of essential skills initiatives aimed at First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples was developed through a collaboration between the Canadian Career Development Foundation, Employment and Social Development Canada’s Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, the Assembly of … Continue reading

Beyond the Business Case: The Employer’s Role in tackling Youth Unemployment

November 2nd, 2015

This paper from the United Kingdom explores the benefits to employers from hiring youth and provides several concrete recommendations for employing young staff. While some businesses don’t see the business case for employing young people, the article points out a … Continue reading

Absence and Disability Management Practices for an Aging Workforce

September 23rd, 2014

This study is focused on how professionals providing absence and disability management services and their organizations are responding to the aging workforce. It outlines some of the leading practices and challenges the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) has observed for … Continue reading

Unemployed and Underemployed Youth: A Challenge to Canada Achieving its Full Economic Potential

August 7th, 2014

This document on youth unemployment (and underemployment) coincides with a policy paper series sponsored by Canada2020. Career development practitioners will find it useful as it brings together existing evidence to better understand some of the  challenges facing young Canadians in … Continue reading

Leveling the Playing Field: Attracting, Engaging, and Advancing People with Disabilities

August 7th, 2014

This report takes a comprehensive look at the business case for employing people with disabilities and details the steps companies can take to change their hiring practices to promote a more inclusive workforce. The report’s key objectives are to raise … Continue reading

Business Results Through Essential Skills and Literacy

May 13th, 2013

Provides employers with literacy and essential skills program development information. The guide gives instructions on implementing effective literacy and essential skills programs in the workplace, makes a strong business case for improving essential skills of employees, and highlights a number of success stories. Continue reading

Paving the Way to Lasting Employment: A Manual and Twelve Interactive Training Videos

February 15th, 2013

Reinforces essential skills and soft skills that are pertinent for employers and employees to succeed at work. The guide includes online links to twelve training videos and synopsis of essential and soft skills that have been identified through surveys and interviews with small businesses. Continue reading

Test Of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES)

December 5th, 2012

Provides career practitioners with assessment tools and training materials. Career practitioners can use the tools and training materials to develop training programs based on the essential skills strengths and weaknesses of their clients while employers can use the resources to provide essential skills training for their employees at work. Continue reading

HRSDC Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

November 26th, 2012

Provides tools that help career practitioners and employers learn more about the importance of essential skills at workplace and assist job seekers in applying essential skills at work. Various tools are available for increasing awareness of essential skills, assessing essential skills, and for developing training. Continue reading

Workplace Informal Learning Matrix (WILM)

November 26th, 2012

An assessment tool that is designed to assess the on-the-job learning at workplace based on essential skills and other measures such as workplace culture and accomodation to diversity and culture. The tool includes rubrics for each skill measured for both employers and career practitioners to use. Continue reading

ITA Essential Skills

November 20th, 2012

A skills assessment tool that is designed to help people interested in the trades develop essential skills that are pertinent to have a successful career in trades. Outlines of essential skills used in specific trades occupations and different assessments available for each trade make it easy for individuals to focus and see how essential skills can be applied to specific trades. Continue reading