“Passing It On” Project
“Passing It On” Project is a new 4- year initiative being conducted by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS) of BC in partnership with the Office of Literacy and essential skills. The project began in late 2018 and is in the first stages of start-up and implementation.
The project focuses on working with 5 partnering ASET holders from across the country to share ACCESS’ Essential Skills for Aboriginal Futures (ESAF) 4-phase program model and adapt it to meet the specific community needs of each ASET partner. The overall goal of the Passing It On project is to build the capacity of partnering ASET holders to sustainably deliver an essential skill training model; ensuring that Indigenous peoples have access to quality essential skills training and to community- based essential skills expertise regardless of location.
ACCESS’ ESAF staff will deliver a 7-month train-the-trainer knowledge transfer cycle with each of the 5 ASET partners, addressing all the competencies, the methodology and program elements associated with the 4 Phases ESAF program model.
• Phase – 1 Collaboration With Employers - Form a partnership with an employer with capacity to hire; Profile the workplace Essential Skills used in the occupation then develop a ES training curriculum and learning modules specific to the occupation
• Phase – 2: Connecting to Community- Target and recruit clientele interested in the program and the employment positions on offer – Assess Participants’ Essential Skills levels by completing an ES assessment
• Phase – 3: Culture of Learning- Participants are supported through one-to-one and group-based instruction in accordance with their individually assessed needs. The Essential Skills enhancements for each intake are specific to the job position being offered.
• Phase – 4 Continuous Learning - Participants are supported by a Job Coach once employed; the Job Coach is also the liaison with the employer. Develop a Continuous Learning plan to ensure progress and success with their career goal
Face to face training will be conducted at both ACCESS ESAF’s location in the Lower Mainland of BC and on-site at the partnering ASETS’ locations. In addition to traveling to each other’s communities for face to face training, ACCESS will conduct regular train-the-trainer meetings and provide support via a web-hosted learning/training platform service using on-line meeting, sharing, and video conferencing software that will enable ACCESS and the ASETS to meet, learn and share via the Internet in real time.
Upon completion of the train the trainer knowledge transfer cycle each partnering ASETS holder will deliver three 8-week Employer
Partner Essential Skills programs.
• the first will be highly supervised by ACCESS;
• the second will be mentored and supported by ACCESS;
• the third will be solely delivered by the ASETS with support from ACCESS if needed
Duration: Nov. 1, 2018-Oct. 31, 2022.
Heather Crosby, ACCESS
#201 - 681 Columbia Street New Westminster, BC