Connecting to Workplaces: Validating Outcomes Demonstrations with Employers
Lead: Literacy Network Northeast
Partners: Literacy Link Niagara, Literacy Northwest
Funders: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (SDND fund)
Literacy Network Northeast received funding to carry out a project to develop exit demonstrations for ten job profiles. The idea for this project came from a previous one funded by Human Resources Skills Development Canada where authentic documents and activities were collected, to assist learners in preparing for the workforce.
The Connecting to Workplaces Project wanted to create exit demonstrations that learners could submit to an employer with their resume to show job readiness. Ten entry-level jobs were selected and exit demonstrations were created for them. Employers of these jobs were surveyed and asked to identify the top five essential skills that were most used at their workplace and the method of training used with new employees. Practitioners were hired to create demonstrations that included the essential skills identified and the training methods used. Demonstrations were reviewed by a committee of peers, piloted by learners and validated by employers. Employers told the Network that completed demonstrations indicated that applicants were job ready for their workplace.