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Jun 11 2015

Over the past two years, Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), in collaboration with the Food Processing Human Resource Council (FPHRC) and various community service providers, have been working on an innovative workforce development demonstration initiative, Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing. Elevate has been helping bridge the gap between vulnerable adults looking for work and different sub-sectors of the food processing industry looking for workers.

Jun 5 2015

Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00PM ET, we invite you to join us for our webinar, Elevate: Final Learnings, where Chris Perrin, Program Developer at ESO, will provide an overview of the initiative, lessons learned and outcomes of the project.

May 19 2015

It is with deep regret that the Board of Directors of Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) announces the decision to close the organization, with active operations ceasing effective July 1, 2015. This decision follows changes in the federal government funding priorities away from work supporting adult literacy and essential skills programming across Canada.

May 4 2015

A new report released today shows that rural, remote and small towns across Canada are facing serious challenges. Fewer & Older: Population and Demographic Challenges Across Rural Canada identifies significant issues in rural communities across the country, including aging populations and youth migration.

Apr 28 2015

A new report released today shows that rural, remote and small towns in British Columbia are facing a serious dilemma. Fewer & Older: The Population and Demographic Dilemma in Rural British Columbia, identifies significant issues in BC’s rural communities, including the out-migration of youth and aging populations.

Apr 23 2015

Over the past few months, ESO has been working with LBS practitioners to develop tools to try to integrate PS-TRE into the LBS curriculum. Join us Wednesday, April 29 at 1:00PM ET for our webinar, Aligning and Measuring PS-TREs in the OALCF.

Apr 15 2015

Today, Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce the release of our interactive PIAAC map - PIAAC: A Map of Cognitive Skills in Ontario. Funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), this interactive map helps shed light on skills challenges faced by vulnerable and low-wage populations across the province.

Apr 10 2015

Over the past year, Essential Skills Ontario and our partners have been working to design platforms for three communities in Ontario to develop and build local industry-specific career ladders. Funded by MTCU, Career Ladders: The Next Step in Three Communities was the second phase of a two-part career ladders initiative, where we assessed the viability of career ladders in three communities in the Durham, Brant and Thunder Bay regions. Through this work, we developed a guide book – Career Ladders at Two – which addresses training development and steps towards implementation of career ladders in the Ontario context.

Mar 24 2015

A new report released today indicates that Saskatchewan’s rural, remote and small towns are facing challenges. Fewer & Older: Population and Demographic Crossroads in Rural Saskatchewan identifies significant issues in the province’s rural communities, including aging populations and the outmigration of youth. The main objective of this particular report is to analyze past, present and future demographic changes in the province.

Mar 23 2015

Join Essential Skills Ontario, our partners and economist Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami on Wednesday, April 8th from 1:00-2:00PM ET (11:00AM SK) for our webinar, Fewer & Older: Population and Demographic Crossroads in Rural Saskatchewan.

Feb 19 2015

A new report released today shows that rural, remote and small towns in Newfoundland and Labrador are facing an uphill battle. Fewer & Older: The Coming Population and Demographic Challenges in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador, identifies significant issues in rural communities, including long-term population decline, aging populations and youth migration.

Feb 18 2015

Rural, remote and small towns in Newfoundland and Labrador are facing serious challenges, including youth migration, and aging and declining populations. These challenges will only increase over the coming decade, affecting the well-being of these communities, and the province as a whole. Join Essential Skills Ontario, our partners and economist Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami on Wednesday, March 4th from 1:00-2:00PM ET (2:30 NL) for our webinar, Fewer & Older: The Coming Population and Demographic Challenges in Rural Newfoundland & Labrador.

Jan 21 2015

Essential Skills Ontario would like to invite you to complete this short survey to help us determine the challenges and challenges within Ontario’s training and employment field. This year’s survey focuses on issues related to vulnerable individuals as well as issues being faced by agencies across Ontario. Our hope is to compare these results to those of last year's survey. To take the survey please visit surveymonkey.com/s/RHNDZ7F

Jan 15 2015

Over the past few months, Essential Skills Ontario (ESO), in collaboration with various community service providers, have been working on developing and delivering an integrated employer-tailored curriculum using Alchemy Systems’ platform to train vulnerable adults in Ontario seeking employment in the food processing industry. For more information on the Elevate project, please register for our webinar ‘Elevate Canada: Early Learnings’, taking place Wednesday, February 4th at 1:00PM ET, where Chris Perrin, Program Developer at ESO, will provide an update on the project and lessons learned through the training of the first few cohorts.

Jan 8 2015

Over the past year, Essential Skills Ontario, in collaboration with provincial and territorial literacy coalitions, as well as a few other organizations, have been discussing Quality Assurance (QA) models and the possibility of applying these models to literacy and essential skills programming. Quality Assurance Initiatives in Literacy and Essential Skills: A Pan-Canadian Perspective Summary of Key Informant Interviews provides a summary of these key informant interviews - read the paper online.

Nov 10 2014

Funded by MTCU, Aligning and Measuring PS-TREs in the OALCF will relate new developments in digital skills – particularly PS-TREs – to the OALCF curriculum. The project will work with LBS practitioners to determine practical ways to integrate PS-TREs into classroom settings. As LBS practitioners become better versed in PS-TREs and how to incorporate them into the classroom, students will be better prepared for the complex digital skills they will need as they move forward in their goal paths.

Oct 22 2014

Over the past year, Essential Skills Ontario, along with our partners, have been traveling to 28 rural communities across the country for the Strengthening Rural Canada-Renforcer les communautés rurales du Canada initiative. Today, we are pleased to formally launch the Strengthening Rural Canada- Renforcer les communautés rurales du Canada website: strengtheningruralcanada.ca / renforcercommunautescanada.ca

Oct 21 2014

Join Essential Skills Ontario, our partners and economist Dr. Bakhtiar Moazzami on Wednesday, November 19th from 1:00-2:00PM ET for our webinar, Fewer & Older: The Coming Demographic Crisis in Rural Ontario. This webinar is the first in a series of research reports related to the Strengthening Rural Canada initiative, a multi-year project funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, as well as in part by the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-18: Education, Immigration and Communities.

Oct 7 2014

Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce that we are working on a new project funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) that will extract and analyze micro data from the PIAAC survey results at both the regional and community level in Ontario to help shed light on skills challenges on a regional basis, as well as highlight the challenges faced by vulnerable and low-wage populations across various parts of the province.

Oct 6 2014

Essential Skills Ontario’s 2013-14 Annual Report – our first fully digital report – highlighting our achievements, events and activities over the past year – is now available.

Sep 26 2014
For the first time in its history, the Premier’s office has publicly released its mandate letters to all Cabinet Ministers outlining the key priorities for each ministry. These mandate letters provide ministries with instructions and guidance towards addressing government priorities.  
 
Sep 23 2014

Last year, ESO, along with our partners, Literacy Link South Central (LLSC), the Literacy Network of Durham Region (LiNDR) and Literacy Northwest (LNW) began working on a Career Ladders initiative in the province, and are pleased to announce that we are continuing this collaboration for Phase II of the initiative, Career Ladders: The Next Step in Three Communities. Funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), the second phase will build on the work of the first, where we assessed the viability of career ladders in three communities in the Durham, Brant and Thunder Bay regions.

Sep 4 2014

Through an initiative led by the OCC and ESO, Moving Forward Together: An Employer Perspective on the Design of Skills Training in Ontario reflects the discussions with, and the perspective of, over 100 employers from different sectors and regions across the province. This report makes a number of important recommendations to the provincial government as it finalizes changes to its employment and training system.

Jul 31 2014

Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) is pleased to announce their collaboration with Alchemy Systems for the Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing initiative. Alchemy will provide Essential Skills Ontario and the initiative’s training providers, Fanshawe College and Loyalist College, with a comprehensive platform that includes industry-specific courseware that adhere to industry standards in both English and French for entry-level workers in the food-processing sector.

Jul 8 2014

Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce their partnership with Fanshawe College as part of the Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing initiative. Fanshawe will be working with Essential Skills Ontario and food processing employers to deliver training to 250 adults in Ontario currently receiving income support and looking for work in the food processing industry.

Jun 18 2014

Our most recent bulletin, Young Adults in PIAAC: What Will the Future Skills Distribution Look Like? examines how young adults in Canada performed in literacy and numeracy in the PIAAC survey compared to other countries, and what the potential implications of these results are for their current and future education and labour force attachment.

Jun 9 2014

Essential Skills Ontario (ESO) is pleased to announce that Loyalist College has signed on to the Elevate: Raising the Grade for Food Processing initiative. Loyalist will be working with ESO and the food processing employers to develop and deliver curriculum that will be used to train vulnerable adults seeking employment in the industry.

May 26 2014

Over the next several years, the food processing industry - one of the largest growing sectors in Ontario and the largest manufacturing contributor to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product - will need to fill at least 30,000 new positions. Unfortunately, employers in this sector are struggling to find and retain workers, placing the industry in a precarious position.

Apr 24 2014

Join Essential Skills Ontario May 20 from 1:00-2:00PM ET, for Establishing the Business Case for Workplace Essential Skills Training: UPSKILL - A Pan-Canadian Demonstration Project, a webinar presented by David Gyarmati, SRDC Research Director & Adam Morrison, OTEC’s Director of Project Development.

Apr 22 2014

Join Essential Skills Ontario for our webinar – Career Ladders: Providing Opportunities for Ontario’s Working Adults – Monday, May 12 from 1:00-2:00PM, hosted by John MacLaughlin, Director of Research and Policy at Essential Skills Ontario; Annemarie Wesolowski, Executive Director at LNW; Jennine Agnew-Kata, Executive Director at LiNDR; and Tamara Kaattari, Executive Director at LLSC to learn about this exciting initiative.

Apr 9 2014

The third bulletin - Do Skills Actually Matter When it Comes to Employment and Earnings? - examines the relationship between education and training on skill levels. It shows, among other research findings, that those who are least active in the labour force performed poorly relative to those that are employed or looking for work.

Mar 18 2014

Essential Skills Ontario has just released the second of its 2014 Essential Skills Bulletins on PIAAC - the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. Over the past several months, the research team at Essential Skills Ontario has been using the OECD’s public database to unpack and analyze PIAAC results in Canada and Ontario. The second bulletin - Do Education & Training Amount to Skills Gains? - talks about the relationship between education and training on skill levels, as well as the findings in Ontario and Canada.

Mar 10 2014

Join Essential Skills Ontario for our webinar – The Workplace Training Program in B.C.: Outcomes and Learnings – April 29 from 1:00-2:00PM ET - hosted by Philip Swann from The Training Group at Douglas College and Boris Palameta from Social Research Demonstration Corporation.

Feb 11 2014

Essential Skills Ontario is seeking three (3) passionate, committed individuals to volunteer on our Board of Directors. Be part of our vision where all adults have the opportunities and support to gain the literacy and essential skills they need to reach their potential in an ever-changing world.

Feb 5 2014

Essential Skills Ontario has just released the first of its 2014 Essential Skills Bulletins on PIAAC, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. The first bulletin - An Overview of PIAAC - gives an overview of the PIAAC results, some of the key findings, as well as how Canada and Ontario has fared in comparison to the OECD countries.

Feb 4 2014

Essential Skills Ontario is soliciting proposals from qualified suppliers for the creation of curriculum and delivery of training to provide individuals with skills needed for entry-level employment in the food processing industry.

Feb 3 2014

Join us Thursday, February 27 from 1:00-2:00PM ET for our free webinar – Elevate: The Research Behind the Initiative – hosted by John MacLaughlin, Director of Research and Policy at Essential Skills Ontario, to learn about three important research components of the initiative.

Jan 21 2014

Funded by the Government of Canada's Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, as well as in part by the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-18: Education, Immigration and Communities, Essential Skills Ontario, along with its partners, Decoda Literacy Solutions in British Columbia, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Réseau pour le développement de l'alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC) is pleased to announce their collaboration on an exciting new three year initiative, Strengthening Rural Canada. Working closely with 11 remote and rural communities in four provinces - including at least three francophone communities - the initiative aims to determine if local strategies for skills development can lead to economic growth and community resiliency by building a community’s human and social capital.

Jan 9 2014

Essential Skills Ontario's new brief - Elevate: Testing New Delivery Models to Better Meet the Needs of Adults - points towards the kind of solutions that could provide a better alignment between the needs of those sectors who have work to offer, so that Canadian industry can grow while providing vulnerable individuals with the opportunity to increase their labour force attachment.

Nov 20 2013

Every year, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce hosts the Ontario Business Achievement Awards, recognizing business for their achievements in areas including innovation, market expansion, exports and corporate citizenship. This year, Essential Skills Ontario is partnering with the OCC to present the Skills and Training Award - presented to the business whose skills and training initiatives best harness the talent of its people, embraces diversity and supports employee success.

Oct 31 2013

Essential Skills Ontario has released a new brief - Career Ladders: Providing Opportunities for Ontario’s Working Adults - is an effort to enable vulnerable workers to enter and ascend up a career pathway in any given industry occupation on their own time.

Oct 21 2013

Essential Skills Ontario's 2012-13 Annual Report is now available for download on our website.

Oct 16 2013

Essential Skills Ontario, in cooperation with the Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC), is pleased to announce Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing, a new workforce development demonstration initiative that will test whether involving employers directly in the design and delivery of workforce training for low-skilled adults on income support can lead to more positive results than more traditional interventions.

Oct 15 2013

Join Essential Skills Ontario Wednesday, November 13th from 12:00-1:30PM for Social Return on Investment: Finding your Organization’s True Value, a free webinar hosted by Sean Wiltshire, CEO of Avalon Employment Inc. Avalon Employment - located in Newfoundland and Labrador, was part of an innovative SROI project funded by the federal and provincial government.

Oct 8 2013

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the findings from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) – the most comprehensive survey of skills ever undertaken amongst OECD countries. The survey shows that while Canada is well positioned to take advantage of a new digital and more technologically-advanced economy, we fall below the average compared to other OECD countries in numeracy scores.

In Canada, over 27,000 adults aged 16 to 65 participated in the survey. In literacy scores, these adults scored around the average of the 33 participating countries, yet scored significantly below the average numeracy score. Furthermore, the survey indicates that Canada has a high skills divide with significant populations falling at either the lowest or the highest levels in literacy and numeracy scores.

Oct 1 2013

This upcoming Tuesday, October 8th, the OECD is releasing the results from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), a new international survey intended to measure the skills and competencies needed by adults in the 21st century, including literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE). The survey was conducted in 2011 and 2012 in 26 countries - including Canada - with over 27,000 Canadian participants.

Aug 2 2013

Professors Frank Levy and Richard J. Murnane have updated their previous work in the recent Third Way paper, Dancing with Robots: Human Skills for Computerized Work. The paper explores larger employment and economic implications with a call for revitalization in what is considered foundational skills.

Jul 31 2013

Scheduled to come into effect no earlier than January 2014, Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA( aims to make the process of incorporating smoother and ensures greater transparency and accountability in how not-for-profits in Ontario are run.

Jul 16 2013

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warns that long-term unemployment is still a major challenge in Canada. A recent report from the organization, OECD Employment Outlook 2013: How does CANADA Compare?, examines how different labour markets have fared since the recession.

Jun 14 2013

Across Canada and in most of the developed world, studies show boys and young men are increasingly falling behind their female peers in literacy levels and educational attainment rates. This Father’s Day gives us time to pause and think about the ramifications of these troubling statistics and ask: what do they mean for the well-being of our future fathers-to-be and their families?

Jun 6 2013

Putting PIAAC and Data into Place, the third Essential Skills Bulletin on PIAAC, is now available for download. This bulletin introduces the concept of place-based approaches, which are increasingly being seen as effective strategies for meeting the needs of local communities.

Jun 6 2013

Join Essential Skills Ontario Tuesday, July 16 at 1:00PM ET for our free webinar - Preparing for PIAAC - hosted by Ron Samson of Essential Skills Ontario.

Jun 4 2013

Essential Skills Ontario and its partners, Literacy Link South Central, the Literacy Network of Durham Region and Literacy Northwest, are pleased to announce their collaboration on a new initiative, Career Ladders: Helping Communities Toward Integrated and Responsive Service Delivery.

May 28 2013

Essential Skills Ontario is hiring for the following positions: Project Management Office Manager (full time), Project Evaluation Consultant (RFP) & Program Design Consultant (RFP).

May 8 2013

Join Essential Skills Ontario Tuesday, June 4 at 1:00PM ET for our webinar, Bridges Out of Poverty, hosted by Anne Ramsay, Executive Network Director of Project READ Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington, President and Chair of Essential Skills Ontario’s Board of Directors and Certified Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer.

May 7 2013

HRSDC has released a new report: 'Harnessing the Power of Social Finance: Canadians Respond to the National Call for Concepts for Social Finance', as part of broader efforts to research the potential of social finance to augment existing programs with new capital and new ideas.

Apr 9 2013

Join The Centre for Literacy, in partnership with Essential Skills Ontario, for a free webinar Tuesday, April 23 at 1:00PM ET, on The Centre for Literacy's new paper, Uncharted Territory: Can Social Innovation Revitalize Literacy and Essential Skills Programs?, hosted by John MacLaughlin and Ron Samson from Essential Skills Ontario and authors of the paper.

Mar 25 2013

Essential Skills Ontario has released the third in our series of research briefs on Becoming State of the Art - From Better Skills to Better Work: How Career Ladders can Support the Transition from Low-Skill to High-Skill Work, introduces ‘Career Ladders', a developing approach that helps move those who have low educational attainment and face barriers to entering the workforce to more fully participate in the labour market.

Mar 22 2013

Join Essential Skills Ontario Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00PM ET for our free webinar, Introduction to e-Channel, hosted by Wanda Blackett - Deaf Learn Now, Arlene Cronin - ACE DISTANCE, Heather Robinet - The LearningHUB, Célinie Russell - SeF@D, Sarah Stocker - Contact North, and Linda Wright - Good Learning Anywhere.

Mar 21 2013

A new paper by David Autor and Melanie Wasserman from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Wayward Sons: The Emerging Gender Gap in Labor Markets and Education - asserts that a new gender gap has emerged in the US, wherein girls and young women outperform boys and young men in both education and key aspects of the workforce.

Mar 14 2013

CLLN has officially launched the Survey of the Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce, part of a large-scale Labour Market Study. The Labour Market Study will survey individuals involved in the delivery of Literacy and Essential Skills (L/ES) services in a variety of roles. Whether you are an instructor, trainer, coordinator, assessor, program manager, supervisor, administrator or have another role in L/ES program delivery, this survey includes you.

Mar 14 2013

Written by Essential Skills Ontario's John MacLaughlin and Ron Samson as a background paper for The Centre for Literacy's 2012 Fall Institute, Uncharted Territory: Can Social Innovation Revitalize Literacy and Essential Skills Programs? explores different forms of social innovation, such as social entrepreneurship, as well as different types of social finance, such as social impact bonds (SIBs). The paper also challenges providers and programs to take the first steps in creating an environment for social innovation in the Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) field.

Feb 14 2013

The second issue of our 2013 Essential Skills Bulletin Series is now available for free download. PIAAC: Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments and the Survey of Skills Used at Work is the second of two bulletins that cover the highly anticipated international survey of adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

Feb 11 2013

Join Essential Skills Ontario and Colleges Ontario, Wednesday, February 27 from 10:00AM-11:30AM ET for Wisconsin’s RISE Initiative: Basic Skills, Bridges and Career Ladders, a webinar presentation and panel discussion by acclaimed guest speaker Mark Johnson along with his colleagues Karen Showers, Amy Charles and Sandra Schmit, from the Wisconsin Technical College System. This webinar will cover the RISE Initiative in Wisconsin - one of the United States’ most successful projects involving moving adults living in poverty into sustainable employment.

Feb 11 2013

Join Essential Skills Ontario Thursday, April 11 at 1:00PM ET for our free webinar, Supporting Apprenticeship Completions: Lessons for Literacy Service Providers, hosted by Stewart Kallio of Kallio Consulting and Project Coordinator of the Mid North Network for the Coordination of Adult Literacy's Supporting Apprenticeship Completions project.

Feb 7 2013

To better understand the challenges and opportunities in Ontario's employment and training services, Essential Skills Ontario, ONESTEP and First Work invite you to complete a 15-minute survey. Upon completion of this survey, enter yourself into a draw to win one of five $50.00 Indigo gift cards.

Feb 5 2013

Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce that three members of our Board of Directors and staff were chosen as recipients for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, as selected by ABC Life Literacy Canada, for their outstanding contribution to the literacy and essential skills field in Canada.

Jan 22 2013

The first issue of our 2013 Essential Skills Bulletin Series is now available for free download. About the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is the first of two bulletins that cover the highly anticipated international survey of adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

Jan 14 2013

Help Essential Skills Ontario continue our branding evolution by telling us how you feel we’re doing. The survey will only take about 5-10 minutes and is completely anonymous. Your answers will help us better communicate to you – our valued stakeholders – what we’re doing, where we’re going and how you can be involved.

Jan 10 2013

Over the past five years, adult basic educators, literacy volunteers and adult trainers and educators from across Saskatchewan have been building a movement to help address their own teaching issues. By sharing their questions, testing new ideas using action research, and sharing the outcomes on Saskatchewan Action Research Network’s (SARN) website - www.sarn.ca - they have been building an important body of practical, evidence-based knowledge.

Dec 3 2012

According to a new report from CIBC, 'The Haves and Have Nots of Canada’s Labour Market', the mismatch in the job market is a major risk to our economy. The report lists 25 occupations with labour shortages and 20 with labour surpluses. Report author and CIBC’s deputy chief economist, Benjamin Tal, asserts that things won’t get better for those in sectors with a labour surplus as their qualifications age and their skills become obsolete.

Essential Skills Ontario's latest research from our 'Becoming State of the Art' series speaks to some of the issues highlighted in CIBC's report. 'Industry Shared Approaches: Aligning Literacy and Essential Skills with Economic Development' discusses involving employers and service providers in the co-design and delivery of training to address the mismatch of supply and demand in labour markets. Read Industry Shared here: http://bit.ly/MkRUwl

Oct 29 2012

Essential Skills Ontario is pleased to announce its first ever webinar series, hosted by John Stapleton from Open Policy Ontario, running from November 2012 to February 2013. The series of six webinars covers a variety of different topics related to policy, such as personal policy brand, vertical conversations and cost benefit analysis.

Watch Recordings Online:

Tuesday, November 1 at 1:00PM ET - What is Public Policy?
Watch the webinar recording at http://spotlightonlearning.ca/content/november-2012-0

Tuesday, November 20 at 1:00PM ET - Starting the Vertical Conversation
Watch the webinar recording at http://spotlightonlearning.ca/content/november-2012

Sep 14 2012

Join Essential Skills Ontario Thursday, October 11 at 1:00PM ET for our free webinar, Maximizing Media Coverage, hosted by Ed Shiller, a reputable workshop leader and communications strategist, as well the secretary on Essential Skills Ontario's Board of Directors

Sep 10 2012

Clearer Sightlines to Employment: What Works for Job-Seekers with Low Educational Attainment is the second in a series of research briefs on Becoming State of the Art – which suggests that by involving business and industry representatives in the design and delivery of literacy and essential skills training, employment prospects of those with low educational attainment can be improved.

Sep 10 2012

Join Essential Skills Ontario Tuesday, September 18 at 1:00PM ET for our webinar – Creating Clearer Sightlines to Employment - hosted by John MacLaughlin, Manager of Research and Business Development at Essential Skills Ontario.

Aug 13 2012

Join Essential Skills Ontario Tuesday, August 21st at 1:00PM ET for a free webinar - Learning the 21st Century Way: Making Sense of How to use Social Media for Learning - hosted by Dr. Sarah Eaton.

Jul 18 2012

Industry Shared Approaches: Aligning Literacy and Essential Skills with Economic Development is the first in a series of research briefs on Becoming State of the Art - covering industry shared: an approach involving employers and service providers in the co-design and delivery of training to address the mismatch of supply and demand in labour markets.

Jul 10 2012

Join Essential Skills Ontario Wednesday, July 25 at 1:00PM ET for a free, one hour webinar, Outcomes are Just the Beginning, hosted by Norman Rowen, and learn how data is more now a key indicator of accountability in service delivery than ever before.

Jul 3 2012

Statistics Canada has recently released a fact sheet that examines unemployment levels during the 2008-2009 recession, finding that employment losses were more severe for those without a high school diploma.

Jun 27 2012

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has launched its new Skills Strategy, designed to “help countries build better skills policies and turn them into jobs, growth, and better lives”.

Jun 20 2012

Essential Skills Ontario is seeking a passionate, committed individual to volunteer on our Board of Directors.

Jun 19 2012

Download and watch "Build Your Brand" a free, one-hour webinar hosted by Essential Skills Ontario and presented by Alan Kay of The Glasgow Group.

Jun 13 2012
A new research paper released today by Essential Skills Ontario explores the significant contribution that literate communities make to social progress and the long-term economic prosperity of Ontario.
Jun 12 2012

The Ontario Network of Employment Skills Training Projects (ONESTEP), FirstWork, and Essential Skills Ontario are pleased to announce the launch of the Collaborative Opportunities project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Through community town hall meetings and discussions with key stakeholders, the project aims to enhance the cooperation between the three organizations and examine opportunities for streamlining services.

The project will produce a strategic roadmap for how the three organizations and their membership can better work together in order to apprise stakeholders of client needs, service gaps and the effectiveness of services in order to better inform policy and programming decisions.

For more information please contact John MacLaughlin, Manager of Research and Business Development at Essential Skills Ontario at john@essentialskillsontario.ca or (416) 963-5787 Ext. 24.