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Essential Skills at Adult Learning and Literacy: Update

Staff at Adult Learning and Literacy (ALL) - Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade - are working hard to increase awareness and deployment of Essential Skills development throughout their program areas of literacy and Mature Student Diplomas. Many of the programs’ clients are employed or seeking employment, and Essential Skills knowledge and training is directly relevant to workplace needs.

ALL recently released research results from a project comparing the Manitoba Stages curriculum to the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and Essential Skills levels on a task-by-task basis. Among the study’s recommendations were revisions to the Stages to achieve greater alignment and a stronger focus on employability and technology skills. ALL provides ongoing workshops throughout Manitoba for adult literacy practitioners to support the integration of ES with the Stages and other programming.

Another ALL project resulted in the development and production of a new resource called The Facilitator Guide, developed to provide information, teaching ideas and resources for integrating information from the Essential Skills Profiles with the Manitoba Stages of Literacy and Learning Certificate curriculum framework. The Essential Skills Profiles are a set of close to 200 profiles developed over the past several years by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) for various occupations of the National Occupational Classification. The Facilitator Guide includes an interactive DVD and mini Guide that provide additional support for professional development of practitioners, facilitators and instructors.

Plans are now underway to enhance the Manitoba Stages curriculum with numeracy components, as well as include a full cross-referencing to IALS and Essential Skills levels and tasks.

For more information, contact:

Barbara Wynes
(204) 945-1053
bwynes@gov.mb.ca