Essential Skills Ontario, in partnership with the Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC), is working on a new initiative - Elevate Canada: Raising the Grade for Food Processing – funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, that will test whether involving employers directly in the design and delivery of workforce training for vulnerable adults can lead to more positive results than more traditional interventions.
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:
• The enhanced Job Requirement Approach (JRA) – the first time such an approach has been tested in the Canadian context – to investigate the relationship between traditional literacy and essential skills and entry-level job requirements to understand the current and emergent skills required for workers in the food processing sector
• Informed by the JRA, Essential Skills Ontario will test several industry-shared delivery models. These models will incorporate entry-level job skills, traditional literacy and essential skills, as well as problem solving in technology-rich environments (PS-TRE) through workforce demonstration projects across 10 different sites in the food processing industry
• The robust evaluation, which uses quasi-experimental control groups to determine if the efficacy and effectiveness of an industry-shared approach delivers better return on investment than other traditional interventions for vulnerable adults
There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.
John has a long and distinguished career in the literacy field both in Canada and internationally. He was the founding Executive Director of the Preparatory Training Program (PTP), one of the largest community-based literacy programs in Ontario. 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.