What challenges have you faced and how were these overcome?
Challenges come from how to promote the program to key individuals in order to implement use in classrooms, youth centres, and employment centres
What are 3 key lessons you learned from developing or delivering your initiative? What advice from those lessons would you share with others?
Lessons learned: Consult ALL intended audiences while in development phase, social media is a great promotional tool to reach a national audience, and have a third party review/critique.
What have participants, stakeholders and partners thought, felt and/or said about your initiative?
We have had very positive feedback from school board officials, and immediate request for copies in order to begin using. Unexpectedly, Newcomer centres/LINC schools have also expressed interest in using the modules as a complement to existing work.
Incorporation of Essential Skills
Which Essential Skills are covered by the initiative?
Working with Others
How are the Essential Skills integrated into your initiative?
The program is broken into different modules, each representing an Essential Skills, except for digital which has been integrated within each module.
How do you assess participant Essential Skills?
Each module contains a paper version of the ES Mobile app which assesses the ES with a series of multiple-choice questions. Teachers/counsellors can administer as a test or allow for self-assessment.
What are the components of the initiative?
Career and/or educational planning
How do you support participant success in the program?
How was Indigenous culture integrated into the program content or delivery?
The workbooks contain skilled trade information snippets about individuals and their contribution to Canadian history. Nothing is more exciting to a reader when they can identify with the examples or information they are reading. We have information snippets about Mohawk Ironworkers (Numeracy workbook), Cree (Oral Communication/Document Use workbooks), Indigenous Artists/singer/songwriter (Thinking/Reading Text workbooks), and Inuit reference (Working with Others workbook).
In terms of delivery, we present the program for individuals to take and use as they se fit. The concept may be adapted to a particular audience. Facilitated sessions based on the ESWRYP is always geared towards the intended audience.
What do you think are the most important competencies and attributes for staff involved in this initiative to have?
To understand the importance of Essential Skills and how maintaining a good level (3 or more) of ES improves employments and academic success. How to apply the ES to work, school, and life.
Who are your partners, and what is their involvement in the initiative?
ESDC main funders, Bow Valley College developed module content, assessment content, Skillplan developed initial ES assessment content