Online Course - Module #9:
Understanding Employment Related Goal Issues
(Taken from a workshop given by Jane Barber during Train Ontario 1. Used
In 2004, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities offered
training to the literacy field in Ontario to build capacity in
practitioners for serving learners with employment-related goals.
With funding dollars from MTCU, the QUILL Network developed
Learning Works! Establishing the Foundation and training was
made available throughout the province via regional training events.
Over 400 practitioners from the Aglophone, Francophone, Native and
Deaf streams in the Literacy and Basic Skills Program attended this
the morning plenary session, trainers presented information on the
big-picture overview of the Ministry’s Employment Training Initiative. You
can access that presentation at:Train Ontario 1 AM
resource, Understanding Employment-Related Goal Requirements, is
taken from an afternoon elective workshop, and is meant to assist
practitioners in understanding what is involved when thinking about
embedding employment-related training in regular Literacy and Basic Skills
programs. In this training, you will find good information along with
resources, activities and ideas to help you incorporate this important
training focus into day-to-day activities with learners..
begin with some general context.
Different but also the same...
Literacy deliverers from various agencies and programs throughout the
province have a number of things in common but also a number of things that
different agencies fulfill different roles in the
learner’s journey to employment
different roles require different approaches
different settings offer different opportunities
and the same
the same vision: to assist learners in reaching their
same personal goal – to make a difference
similar challenges, i.e. how to work in each particular
setting with each particular group of learners to help learners prepare
same commitment - to keep moving forward
some of the challenges are the same throughout the province, the solutions
programs come up with, of course, will all be different.
Ontario, experience and expertise with regard to working with employment
goals varies widely. Practitioners are at different levels of readiness and
ability to respond to the growing demand for workforce training.
Some still provide traditional literacy training;
others are a long way down the road in workforce training.
Teaching styles and abilities vary: some love to
develop new curricula; others prefer materials ready-made.
Some have a bank of resources that have accumulated
over the years; others are new and are still scrambling to find
Some settings lend themselves more naturally to
workplace training: links are right there on-site.
this course is offered primarily for practitioners who are just beginning to
focus more on employment-related goals of learners, everyone can learn
something from the shared knowledge and experience that has contributed to
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