We received news in late 2009 from PTP that we were one of five community organizations chosen from across the country to participate in a project that will share the knowledge and experience gained in delivering workforce literacy as well as the resources that comprise PTP's CAMERA system. WESCan, The Workforce Essential Skills across Canada project,
will work with us to develop workforce literacy programming that is relevant and meaningful. To help effect this transition, PTP will train staff and provide
on-going support. A workforce implementation
guide will be produced for use by other
programs interested in developing literacy and
essential skills programs for low-skilled
learners or workers.
Easing Transitions/Supporting Transitions Project
In hopes of expanding our current information and referral to our EO partners that specialize in employment preparation, Literacy Link Niagara has been funded by MTCU to conduct some important research.
We hope to better understand the literacy levels necessary to fully participate in the employment preparation programs offered.
This knowledge will help ensure that literacy learners referred to employment programs will be appropriate and more likely to be successful.
In the second phase of the project, we will be working with partners to develop tools to help learners transition from LBS to Employment and vice versa.
Niagara Pathways Project
In October 2007, Literacy Link Niagara was funded to conduct research into the nature and best practices of partnerships between organizations in Niagara that support adult learning.
Funding for the Niagara Pathways Project came from the Adult Education Policy Unit of the Ministry of Education,
a unit dedicated to increasing access for adult students in Ontario. The Unit reports to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and also working closely with the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.
The Niagara Pathways Project is one of 3 pilot projects, funded to understand the unique characteristics of adult learning partnerships in their distinct communities. The other communities funded to do partnership research were Toronto and Timmins. Completion date for these pilot projects was June 30, 2008.
Literacy Link Niagara is a not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 1992. Our values are Connection, Communication and Collaboration. Our core funder is the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. As a network organization with the mandate of planning and coordination of adult literacy programs in Niagara, Literacy Link was in a strong position to manage the project.