The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) is a centre of expertise with a workplace focus, building awareness and capacity in “what works” in order to improve the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians.
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, hosted a one-day skills summit with experts to explore approaches to better link skills training and education with current and future labour market demand. The summit gathered over 200 prominent leaders from varying sectors, covered key issues on Canada’s skills challenges, and identified best practices and priorities for action. To learn more, check out Twitter using the hashtag #SKILLSsummit14.
Literacy and Essential Skills for the Building Trades.
Frontier College’s Literacy and Essential Skills for the Building Trades project, which started in June 2014, will integrate literacy and essential skills into apprenticeship programs. Working closely with the Canadian Building Trades, Frontier College will help apprentices complete their training and trade certification and will help ensure Canadians have the skills employers are looking for in the construction sector. UPSKILL: Essentials to Excel UPSKILL,was a project sponsored by OLES (2010-2014) with the Social Research Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) to evaluate the effectiveness of workplace LES, working with over 100 firms and 1,500 workers in the Tourism industry in eight provinces. Findings indicate that workplace LES training does have large positive impacts on workers’ skills, job performance, and a range of economic and social outcomes for workers and firms. For more information, please visit SRDC Publications for the project summary report. Read Here