What is the overall impact of the initiative and how is this measured?
Project Goal: To provide Essential Skills information and knowledge that can be integrated into the work of educators, trainers, counsellors, career practitioners, policy makers and those persons in a position to influence and enhance the skills of persons in their communities.
Specific Workshop outcomes:
• Increased awareness and knowledge of Essential Skills.
• Increased awareness of Essential Skills Complexity Levels.
• Increased ability to use the common language of Essential Skills.
• Familiarity with a range of Essential Skills tools and resources and knowledge of where to find more.
• Awareness of Essential Skills assessment tools and approaches.
• Awareness of current Essential Skills programs and best practices.
• Specific ideas for next steps applications.
Over 90 educators, trainers, facilitators and counsellors have participated in these workshops. Delivered in Coquitlam, New Westminster, Chilliwack, Prince George, Kamloops, Port Alberni, Lach Klan, Quebec and Yukon.
What are 3 key lessons you learned from developing or delivering your initiative? What advice from those lessons would you share with others?
We encourage users to adapt materials for their audience and to use what components that address their needs.
The materials are highly adaptable for all audiences including newcomers to Canada, mainstream clients, persons with disabilities and others.
What have participants, stakeholders and partners thought, felt and/or said about your initiative?
“The workshop was interactive, enjoyed the knowledge gathering and networking.” “Activities were fun and engaging.” “Facilitator’s manual was user friendly.” “Appreciated the clarification of Essential Skills and how ES supports all levels of the working/employed/employable.”
“The actual hands on exercises really helped me to understand ES and to look at how ES can be implemented into programs and services.” “Computer exercise provided me with additional resources to share with others.”