QUILL Learning Network has created EmployAbility Success! Essential Skills at Work in response to the literacy field’s need for more workplace materials that incorporate Essential Skills. With EmployAbility Success! students are able to read about workers in four different entry level jobs and practice the Reading, Document Use and Numeracy skills that are needed for many of their job tasks.
EmployAbility Success! uses genuine workplace scenarios and engaging characters so that students will be encouraged to enter into an authentic work-like experience. Students will:
• read authentic workplace scenarios that enable them to understand how Essential Skills are needed on the job
• learn how workers in each scenario use specific Essential Skills
• practice using the Essential Skill in a similar job task
• reflect on workplace realities with questions, special Workplace Know-How information boxes and discussion opportunities
• complete Overtime Activities that reinforce the Essential Skill already used
• self-Assess on the Essential Skills used in each chapter before and after each module
We have also created a Relationship Matrix that shows you the relationship between the job tasks in EmployAbility Success! and the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF). The matrix will help you to easily identify how the job tasks in EmployAbility Success! support specific competencies within task groups in the OALCF. It uses the same colour code as the OALCF for quick and easy reference.
Recognizing Life’s Work: Helping Learners Connect Their Essential Skills from Home to Work – A Practitioner’s Resource Kit” highlights the Essential Skills (ES) developed and strengthened through 12 different common leisure and home-based-activities. The kit is a comprehensive bank of materials that include high and low-level learning activities, authentic documents, steps to the answers to the learning activities, and fictional ‘day-in-the-life of a job’ case studies. The tools help practitioners and their learners make the link between the most important Essential Skills used in leisure activities to occupations that also require the same Essential Skills. This resource provides credibility, validity and recognition to the Essential Skills that adults develop and strengthen through daily home and life activities and emphasizes that adult learners with no, or limited, work experience, still have a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience to bring to the workplace.
The Most Important Essential Skills database (designed for use specifically with this project) is in Word to assist practitioners in easily identifying the occupations pastimes are linked to. For instructions see page 264 of the resource.
This guide is part of a trainer’s kit developed and distributed by QUILL Learning Network. Trained facilitators have committed to use this guide when delivering the workshop “Through the Workers Eyes: Developing Learning Activities with Work-Related Documents”. They will deliver the workshop in literacy network regions across Ontario in an effort to:
• help build the capacity of workforce and workplace literacy instructors
• provide instructors with training, tools, and strategies for using authentic documents and developing learning activities
To find a trained facilitator near you, contact QUILL
“Congratulations on your excellent e-publications: Through the Worker’s Eyes: Developing Learning Activities with Work-Related Documents, and Recognizing Life’s Work: Helping Learners Connect Their Essential Skills from Home to Work. As someone relatively new to the area of essential skills, I found these to be two of the best resources I came across in my research.”
Sandra Loschnig, writer/researcher for Literacy Alberta