Practitioner Development

Western Region Best Practice Interviews with Programs (2015-2016)

In August and September of 2015, Western Region MAESD office identified programs that they considered champions in these areas

  • Completion of Goal Path
  • Learner Progress
  • Service Coordination
  • Suitability

The Western Region support organizations collaborated to interview these champions in a series of 4 interviews.

Coordinating to Bring Low-Literacy and Marginalized Clients Employment (Phase I – 2013-2014, Phase II – 2014-2015) – Labour Market Partnership (LMP) Project

This LMP project focused on individuals in the Western Region of Ontario – individuals who have less than a grade 12 level of functional ability and who struggle to find jobs with their skill levels. In Ontario, there are many programs that have been designed to address the needs of this target group. However, there is a need for community coordination in order to effectively use this range of community programs to achieve an effective outcome for lower-skilled Ontarians – namely, employment.

The Western Region literacy networks explored 10 strategies – ABEA was the lead for 2 strategies.

Labour Market Information for Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and Employment Service (ES) Providers

Strategy 8 – Consider and report on how to effectively use Labour Market Information (LMI) to bridge Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) with Employment Services (ES), and ultimately employment (Phase I and II). In Phase I training was developed and piloted both in face-to-face and webinar formats. In Phase II the training was revised based on feedback and additional tools developed.


Strategy 9 – Create a specific employment version of the Educational Pathways Assessment (EPA) that is customizable to each client/employment goal and to create an information/referral tool that both Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) and Employment Services (ES) can utilize. The target audience are those with less than Grade 12, looking for employment, and have a specific employment goal. This was completed in Phase I.

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Project New Skills (2010-2011)

Project New Skills was a Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills (WLES) project partnership between Mohawk College, Adult Basic Education Association and the Hamilton Training Advisory Board. This Hamilton project was to help determine an individual’s learning needs to support their employment, education and/or training goals.

Through this project an individual could access

  • essential skills assessments
  • upgrading courses
  • essential skills for manufacturing workshops

The following resources can be used with practitioners or clients looking for more information around essential skills and labour market information related to the manufacturing sector.