July 2013

Presenter Name(s): 
Ron Samson
In October, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will release findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a new international study of adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills. The data from this survey will provide Canada with a unique opportunity to capture the skills portraits of our regions.
While previous OECD surveys assessed conventional literacy and numeracy skills, PIAAC is far more comprehensive in addressing the necessary problem solving skills for operating in Technology-Rich Environments (TREs) and will also provide further investigation into how workers’ skills and educational attainment levels are matched and utilized in their workplaces. The survey also examines how skills are used at work and the relationships between skills and socioeconomic outcomes.   
Join Essential Skills Ontario Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00PM ET for our free webinar - Preparing for PIAAC - hosted by Ron Samson from Essential Skills Ontario. 
In this free, one hour webinar, participants will: 
• Be introduced to PIAAC
• Learn about Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments (PS-TRE)
• Learn about the Survey of Skills Used at Work 
• Discover what we can learn from PIAAC findings 
There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
Webinar Title: 
Preparing for PIAAC

Ron Samson, Researcher at Essential Skills Ontario, brings a passion to the field of workforce development and is interested in advancing Ontario’s and Canada’s training systems through innovation. During his time at Essential Skills Ontario, Ron has done background research for numerous reports including: Realizing Local Workforce Potential through Workforce Planning Boards and Regional Literacy Networks and the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework Goal Descriptions. His latest work is focused on career ladders and place-based strategies. After graduating from University of Toronto as an Honours Specialist in Employment Relations, Ron traveled to India and worked as a microfinance consultant for two years and as a Human Resource Assistant at Daimler.

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Webinar Date: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 1:00pm