Igniting the Power Within
Igniting the Power Within (2005-2010 ) was a unique train the trainer model involving four-level certification series of workshops on Essential Skills and Prior Learning Awareness and Recognition (PLAR) specifically designed for local first point of contact advisors, counselors and educators from Aboriginal communities. It was a train the trainer project aimed at developing community based practitioners’ understanding of the nine Essential Skills as a critical component in addressing the goals of their clients as they related to entering the workforce or advancing in their existing career
The main objective of the Igniting the Power Within (IPW) project were to:
• Increase the awareness and inclusion of ES and PLAR in Aboriginal community-based training and education initiatives in Manitoba.
• Develop strategies, tools and processes to enable Community practitioners to identify potential ES requirements for clients and learners and offer PLAR options for clients and learners.
• Document the process of organizing and implementing Igniting the Power Within, and make this available to other organizations and jurisdictions.
The program included for levels of training for community advisors, counselors, educators
Level 1 - Essential Skills and RPL: Level 2 - Building Portfolios
Level 3 - Essential Skills and Portfolios for Your Community
Level 4 - Celebrating Our Voice
Once trained community advisors, counselors and educators were supplied with the IPW instructional material and resources (curriculum) to deliver all four workshops to community members.
All Igniting the Power Within Instructional Materials — Resources including workshop curriculum are still available to those who have participated in Igniting the Power Within on the Igniting the Power Within website
Kara Finney, Workplace Education Manitoba
1000 Waverley Street Winnipeg, MB R3T OP3