Menial No More: A Discussion Paper on Advancing our Workforce through Digital Skills, a recent discussion paper produced by the Essential Skills Ontario, suggests that as a result of emerging technology, consumer expectations, and increased global competition, jobs perceived as ‘low-skilled’ or ‘entry level’ need new kinds of skills – and that Ontario’s economy may depend on our ability to train current and future workers in these types of positions.
With International Adult Learner's Week (March 24-April 1, 2012) around the corner, it is now more important than ever to bring adult literacy and essential skills to the forefront of issues in Canada. Presented by John MacLaughlin, Manager of Program, Business and Partnership Development at Essential Skills Ontario and one of the authors of the report, will host a webinar that will:
• Talk about the emerging research on complex communication and problem solving in technology rich environments (TRE)
• Discuss how all levels of work are dramatically changing – including jobs that have been previously classified as lower skilled
• Talk about the potential of integrated training, career ladders and a ‘new generation‘ of Literacy and Essential Skills delivery models, drawing on research and promising program initiatives in other jurisdictions
There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
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