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NALD’s feature this month shines the spotlight on a comprehensive report of the first national environmental scan of the LES field conducted by the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN).
State of the Literacy and Essential Skills Field is a comprehensive report on the literacy and essential skills (LES) field across the country from the perspective of the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) and its national network of partners.
The report, released in late 2012 and prepared by Chris Harwood, presents a detailed picture of the sector and its role in assuring Canada’s economic success through a skilled workforce.
This was the first national environmental scan conducted by CLLN and as such “it will inform the direction of future scans and will be the basis of further work to show how the Literacy and Essential Skills field is responding to trends,” the author says.
It should be noted that CLLN has just this spring (2013) wrapped up a national survey of individuals who work in the LES field in Canada. Titled Survey of Literacy and Essential Skills Workforce, the study, along with results of that work, will only serve to enhance information contained in the previously released report.
Located in the NALD library, State of the Literacy and Essential Skills Field highlights the need for organizations with an interest in literacy and essential skills - governments, organized labour, industry, community organizations and educational institutions - to look at issues through an LES lens.
Collaborating, partnering and pooling resources are vital to recognizing the importance of lifelong learning, the report suggests.
The document is divided into three parts, the first one covering LES in a national context, with summaries provided by provincial and territorial literacy organizations highlighting what is happening in their areas.
The second part reviews labour market trends and demographics, focusing on areas of the population where essential skills issues are of particular importance. The third part looks at the economic benefits of ‘upskilling’ and what is needed to be effective in increasing the essential skill levels of Canadians.
To review the report, go to: http://library.nald.ca/item/11213.
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