February 2012

Presenter Name(s): 
John MacLaughlin

Currently there are few quick, reliable and accessible tools for employment counsellors that can help inform their referral processes towards essential skills, language or literacy training. In cooperation with Bow Valley College, Essential Skills Ontario is creating Signals - a screening tool specifically designed to be used by employment counsellors and their clients.      

The tool is designed to:  
• Be quick and "non-threatening" to administer
• Provide immediate scoring
• Require little training on part of the EO Agency to implement
• Provide a choice of reliable and user-friendly approaches for the identification of literacy, essential skills and language needs.

Presented by John MacLaughlin, Manager of Program, Business and Partnership Development at Essential Skills Ontario, this webinar will help participants understand the purpose and importance of Signals.

In this free, one hour webinar, you will learn more about:
• Similar products available in other jurisdictions
• Specific features of the tool
• Details of the tool's development
• Types of questions that are going to be available on the screening tool

Webinar Title: 
Signals: A Literacy and Essential Skills Screening Tool

John has a long and distinguished career in the literacy field in both Canada and internationally. He was the founding Executive Director of the Preparatory Training Program, one of the largest community-based literacy programs in Ontario. He helped develop, initiate and manage Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy’s information and referral service for literacy and ESL and was a founding board member of Essential Skills Ontario.

As Manager of Program, Business and Partnership Development at Essential Skills Ontario, John is leading a number of initiatives and applied research related to labour market development, effective program design, performance improvement and accountability. His current and recent projects involve several initiatives related to understanding skills-biased technological changes in the labour market, creating effective service design for the vulnerable and examining the possibilities inherent in career pathways models.

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Webinar Date: 
Monday, February 6, 2012 - 1:00pm