The Learning Networks have created this site to host resources to build the soft skills of our learners. We created it to:
- assist LBS programs in documenting what they already do to increase learners’ soft skills.
- identify community partnerships that show some good practices related to soft skill development.
- provide some resources to LBS programs that may want to increase their soft skill programming.
This site exists to provide information and resources to the literacy and basic skills (LBS) instructors working with learners interested in the apprenticeship goal path. Trades profiled here will be needed within the QUILL region for work in the nuclear industry, as well as other industries.
LBS programs are working to attain the “Fully in Place” marker in the Ministry’s Agency Self-Assessment tool for implementing the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework. Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network (SMLN) and QUILL interviewed LBS programs, across the province, who are “Fully in Place” to gather their best practices and samples of their documents.
- Webinar recording – Step by Step to Success in Transition-Oriented Programming
- Presentation with notes – Step by Step to Transition-oriented Programming
Updated Community Literacy of Ontario OALCF Tracking form
SMLN and QUILL have updated this tracking form with permission from Community Literacy of Ontario (CLO). It now includes all the examples that we received from programs across the province.
Sample documents from the webinar
- CLA Learner File Checklist
- CLA Learner Progress Tracker Template
- Outreach Literacy – Checklist transition SSC
- KL&S – Flyer for Health Services panel presentation
- KL&S – Sample Congratulations referral
- TVLA – Learner File Summary
Other samples received when researching best practices
Community Learning Alternative
Georgian College – Barrie Campus
Kingston Literacy & Skills
- KL&S – Additional Information Form
- KL&S – Essential Skills Profile
- KL&S – Goal-directed Learner Plan
- KL&S – Handyperson Special
- KL&S – Online Guide_Sept 2017
- KL&S – Volunteering Curriculum Handbook
Tri-County Literacy Council
- Tri-County Literacy Council and ES Referral Protocol
- Tri-County Literacy Council Exit Package
- Tri-County Literacy Council Referral Protocol
Trent Valley Literacy Association
We would like to thank all the LBS program staff who participated in our research.
- Lesley Hamilton, Trent Valley Literacy Association – Peterborough
- Pat Whittington, Georgian College – Simcoe Co., Orangeville, Owen Sound
- Vandra McQuarrie, Literacy Nipissing – North Bay
- Joyce Bigelow, Connections Adult Learning Centre – Sharbot Lake
- Kim Sawyer, Canadore College – North Bay
- Judy DesRoches and Karena Persault, Barrie Literacy Council
- Stacey McQuoid, Community Learning Alternative – Trenton
- Trish Daubs, Lambton Kent District School Board
- Chris Mitchell-Kidd and Sara Brown, FIP-Northern College – Cochrane
- Rick Townend, Pinar Shakir and Kate Wypior, Fanshawe College
- Daniel Russell-Matthews, Thunder Bay Literacy Group
- Wendy Olsen, Dryden Literacy Association –
- Debbie Hamilton, Outreach Literacy – John Howard Society of Kawartha Lakes & Haliburton (Minden)
- Martha Rudden, Kingston Literacy and Skills
- Roger Hannon, Grey Bruce Georgian Adult Learning Centre
- Carol Sproat and Yvonne Thompson, Adult Learning Programs of Perth
- Charlotte Parliament, Simcoe County District School Board
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