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March 3, 2015

ES for Success : NSCC Students Enhance Learning (Case Study)

Do community college students in the School of Business have the Essential Skills necessary for program completion? What impact would using Essential Skills interventions have on their learning and future work? These were questions that NSCC academic leaders sought answers to by asking students in Business Administration, Culinary Arts and Tourism Management at the Kingstec Campus to participate in a research project. There were 90 students who agreed to participate with 66 students completing the initial Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES). Forty participants scored at Level 2 in Document Use. Six completed some Essential Skills (ES) training and the... Read more
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Tags: Document Use, Numeracy, Reading, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Building Skills: Inspiring a Workforce at Northwood Care Inc.

This case study looks at how the managers from Northwood Care a private, not-for-profit, long term care organization in Halifax, in collaboration with NSCC were able to provide ES training to the employees of several department. Increasing workers' confidence in completing their work tasks and decreasing errors when reading safety bulletins or dietary charts. The training proved to be efficient in lessening accidents and reducing absenteeism elements that contribute to the overall operations and goals of the organization. Training was also an opportunity to encourage workers to realize the opportunities for career advancement within Northwood as they improved their skills.
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Tags: Document Use, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Essentially Ready (Case Study)

Literacy research has shown that post-secondary students often do not have the Essential Skills (ES) necessary to be successful in school and work. The National Framework Project provided Conestoga College with an opportunity to provide ES upskilling to post-secondary students to equip them with skills for workplace success. Students in three programs, selected for their close relationship to the labour market, participated in self-directed upskilling, customized to students' programs and career goals. A total of 350 participants were invited to participate in the project with 26 becoming early adopters of the program. Overall, the results of the program were very... Read more
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Tags: Document Use, Numeracy, Reading, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Filling the Gaps: ES and Internationally Educated Professionals (Case Study)

Skilled workers are in high demand in Canada. Internationally trained professionals (IPTs) continue to be an important source of skilled manpower. Newcomers to Canada are highly motivated to gain higher employability levels in their field. This case study examines the impact of Essential Skills training on the effectiveness of Internationally Trained Professionals (IPTs) in their work place.  The project lead by Bow Valley College, in collaboration with WorleyParson and the City of Calgary included an Essential Skills assessment, followed by a blended training approach in classroom and online embedded in a professional development plan for workers. The project focused on... Read more
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Tags: Document Use, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Engagement and Movement of ES in Nursing Curriculum (Case Study)

Nursing occupations implies the highest level of literacy skill of any occupation in Canada. With 39 percent of Camosun nursing students dropping out before graduation, the economic impact is significant for students, colleges and taxpayers. This case study focuses on improving the skill levels of nursing and health and human services students. Due to the heavy reliance on the use of documents in those occupations, a training program targeting Document Use was developed.  It aimed to provide extra support to students at risk of not graduating due to essential skills gaps. After completing an ES assessment, learners followed an ES... Read more
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Tags: Document Use, Numeracy, Reading, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Essential Skills project with United Way

Use as guidelines for development of human resources. Useful for recruitment, retention, focused training to meet the needs of your SME (Small and Medium Enterprise).
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Tags: Computer Use, Oral Communication, Thinking, Working with Others, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Critical Art of Listening

Tool for trainers on the art of Listening. Small and medium-sized enterprises - SME
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Tags: Oral Communication, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Workers and Technical Students in ES Training (Case Study)

How do we go about training workers and technical students in Essential Skills? Sault College used TOWES testing and conducted training interventions with three groups to test, train and retest workers and students about to enter the workforce. The groups included 29 workers from Essar Steel Algoma, 32 students from the electrical and mechanical programs at Sault College, as well as, 23 Aboriginal students in pre-apprenticeship programs. Eighty-four workers and technical students were tested for the project. A total of 35 workers and students participated in the Essential Skills intervention, for various amounts of training, with 5 workers and 6... Read more
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Tags: Document Use, Numeracy, Reading, Essential Skills
March 3, 2015

Online ES Enhancement for the Construction Trades (Case Study)

Saskatchewan's residential construction industry faces a high demand for skilled trade people. Training is required for those seeking entry-level employment and also needed to enhance the skills of current workers for upward mobility in their careers paths. Industries rely on highly skilled workers to ensure quality, safety and efficiency on the job site. Essential skills enhancement provides workers with the tools necessary to increase their foundational skills which link to increased participation, improved self-confidence, enhanced worker engagement and improved team performance. The number of workers with the necessary skills to meet employer expectations is in short supply. After raising the... Read more
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Tags: Document Use, Essential Skills