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Title: Essential Skills and the Ontario Skills Passport in Action!

Essential Skills and the Ontario Skills
Passport in Action!
  • Chantal Locatelli and Jodie Wells
  • CESBA Conference
  • December 6, 2007

Human Resources and Social Development Canadas
Essential Skills Research
  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Writing
  • Numeracy
  • Oral Communication
  • Thinking Skills
  • Working With Others
  • Computer Use
  • Continuous Learning

Why These Skills Are Essential
  • Enable people to perform tasks required by their
    jobs as well as adapt to change.
  • Generic skills used in virtually all occupations
    and throughout daily life in different forms and
    at different levels of complexity.
  • They are transferable from school to work, job to
    job and sector to sector.
  • They provide the foundation for learning other
    skills, such as technical skills and
    job/workplace specific skills.

Workforce Skills
  • Combination of
  • JW (Job-Workplace Specific Skills)
  • - employer and position specific
  • TS (Technical Skills)
  • occupation specific
  • ES (Essential Skills)
  • foundational
  • transferable

Complexity Rating Scale
  • The Complexity Rating Scale indicates the level
    of complexity involved in the use of a skill in a
    particular task.
  • The least complex tasks are classified at level
    1 the most complex tasks are classified at level
    5 or at level 4 if there are only 4 levels for a
  • Skill levels are associated with workplace tasks
    and not the worker performing these tasks.

Essential Skills Profiles
  • Essential Skills Profiles describe how each skill
    is used in an occupation.
  • Researchers asked workers
  • - What do you do in your job?
  • - Why do you do it?
  • - How do you do it?
  • - What resources and materials do you use?
  • 269 profiles and others are under development.

Components of an Essential Skills Profile
  • Brief description of the occupation
  • List of the most important Essential Skills
  • Typical tasks grouped by skill and skill level
  • Physical aspects of performing the job and the
    attitudes that workers feel are needed to do the
    job well
  • Future trends affecting Essential Skill
    requirements for the occupation
  • Links to sites with information on this
    occupation, such as the National Occupational
    Classification Matrix (NOC) and Job Futures

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National Occupational Classification Matrix (NOC)
  • The profiles align with the NOC a national
  • Occupations are grouped in the NOC by type of
    education required.
  • C D level occupations require a high school
    education or less.
  • B level occupations require a college education
    or apprenticeship training (e.g. Red Seal
  • A level occupations require university education.
  • 0 level are managerial level occupations

Essential Skills Research Website
  • Information on the Essential Skills Research,
    including the Essential Skills Profiles, are
    available at http//
  • Copies of the National Occupational
    Classification Matrix (NOC) that describes
    occupations in Canada by educational level and
    occupational grouping are available at a minimum
    cost from HRSDC at 1-800-635-7943 or

Essential Skills Matter to Workers, Employers and
  • The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)
    (1994) and the Adult Literacy and Life Skills
    Survey (2004) noted that 40 of Canadian
    working-age adults have low essential skills
    levels (levels 1 2) while most Canadian
    occupations require level 3 and higher.
  • The Prime Ministers Expert Panel on Skills
    (2000) concluded that the Canadian workforce
    typically had the necessary technical skills, but
    had critical gaps in its essential skills.
  • Statistics Canada correlates increased Essential
    Skills capacity with higher earnings, stronger
    labour force attachment and better health among

Conference Board of Canadas Case Studies on Hard
and Soft Returns on Essential Skills Investments
  • Organizations reported
  • Safer workplace fewer accidents
  • Higher productivity and more efficiencies
  • Lower turnover and absenteeism rates
  • Improved performance appraisal processes
  • Individuals, Teams, Organizations and Family
    Community Benefits
  • Increase in self-confidence, initiative,
    communication, teamwork
  • More open to change and lifelong learning
  • Better able to make decisions and to recognize
    and solve problems
  • Increase in volunteerism and ability to help
    children with homework
  • Enjoy improved health
  • HRSDC publication HIP-028-03-05E

The Skills Challenge
  • We must help learners and job seekers see
    themselves as knowledge workers with skills
    that they can develop in school and training
    programs and transfer to the workplace.They must
    understand that they will have to continue to
    develop their skills to keep their jobs and
    progress in the workplace.

The Ontario Skills Passport Opportunity
  • Bilingual FREE web-based tool
  • Provides clear descriptions of Essential Skills
    and important work habits
  • Provides a consistent method for employers to
    assess and record skills and work habits
  • Offers applications, resources and assessment
    tools to support its use in a variety of
    educational and training contexts
  • http//

Relevance Engages Learners!
  • The need to find meaning is a strong
    motivational force in life of each of us. If
    teachers can consistently help students connect
    subject matter content with the context of
    application, I believe that we may be astonished
    at the significant increase in learning.
  • - Dale Parnell, Cerebral Context, AVA 1996

Learn about the Essential Skills and work habits
and see how people use them in work, learning and
life. (under development)
Access the OSP brochure and postcards, and
resources, designed for use in a wide range of
educational and training contexts.
See how workers use Essential Skills on the job.
Essential Skills and Work Habits
Occupations and Tasks
OSP Resources
Use this practitioner intake, referral, and
planning tool to focus on Essential Skills and
work habits. (under development)
Search sample tasks for Essential Skills and work
habits in work, learning and life.
Search the Database
Check-In Tool
Create a Work Plan
Check-Up Tools
Create a Transition Plan
Employer Tools
Create an OSP Work Plan that focuses on the
Essential Skills, job tasks and work habits
related to your work placement. Employers record
your progress in this work plan.
Create an OSP Transition Plan to transfer your
Essential Skills and work habits to a job or
further education or training. Access local
education, training and employment-related
information at http//
  • Create a Job Ad/Description
  • Develop an Interview Checklist
  • Give feedback on job performance and skills

Assess, practice and build your Essential Skills
and work habits. (under development)
The OSP Supports Life-long Skills Development
  • Use the OSP to
  • Learn about the Essential Skills and work habits
    important for success in work, learning and life
  • See how workers use Essential Skills on the job
  • Understand that these skills transfer from school
    to work, job to job and sector to sector
  • Strengthen learning-work connections
  • Identify the Essential Skills and work habits an
    individual possesses and those that they would
    like and/or need to develop
  • Self-assess, practice and develop Essential
    Skills and work habits
  • Document demonstration of Essential Skills and
    work habits and plan next steps, including
    preparing skills-based résumés, preparing for
    interviews and planning further skills
  • Support successful transitions to work or further
    education or training and on-going skills

Essential Skills in the OSP
  • Reading Text
  • Writing
  • Document Use
  • Computer Use
  • Oral Communication
  • Numeracy
  • - Money Math
  • - Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • - Measurement and Calculation
  • - Data Analysis
  • - Numerical Estimation
  • Thinking Skills
  • - Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • - Decision Making
  • - Problem Solving
  • - Finding Information

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Essential Skills HRSDC and the OSP
  • The OSP lists the 5 numeracy-related skills
    separately. This allows for a more precise
    identification and development of a persons
    mathematical literacy and its application in the
  • The OSP only includes the Essential Skills that
    have a validated complexity rating scale and
    occupation-specific workplace tasks for the
    different skill levels. This allows for a
    consistent method of assessing these skills and
    planning/tracking skill development over time.
    Currently, Continuous Learning is not included in
    the OSP.
  • The OSP lists the following "Thinking Skills
    separately Job Task Planning and Organizing,
    Decision Making, Problem Solving and Finding
    Information. Currently, Critical Thinking and
    Significant Use of Memory are not included.
  • The OSP includes work habits important for
    success in the workplace and provides performance
    indicators for each one. Currently, Working with
    Others is not included in the OSP, however,
    teamwork is one of the work habits.

Work Habits in the OSP
  • The OSP includes the following work habits
    considered important for success work, learning
    and life
  • working safely
  • teamwork
  • reliability
  • organization
  • working independently
  • initiative
  • self-advocacy
  • customer service
  • entrepreneurship
  • Note There are no complexity levels associated
    with work habits in the OSP.

The OSP Database
  • Searchable and interactive database of more than
    16,000 workplace tasks, classified by skill,
    skill level and occupation
  • Tasks come from Essential Skills Profiles and
    will increase over time as more profiles are
  • Key applications are Search the OSP Database,
    Create a Work Plan, Create a Transition Plan and
    Create a Job Ad or Job Description.

Search the OSP DatabaseMake Learning Real!
  • Search the OSP Database application generates a
    list of tasks by skill and skill level(s) for one
    or more occupations.
  • This information can enhance classroom relevancy
    and strengthen school-work connections.
  • All teachers/trainers/literacy practitioners can
    use this feature of the OSP to engage learners.

Create an OSP Work PlanQuick, Easy, Valuable!
  • OSP Work Plan lists tasks by skill skill level
    that a learner/job seeker will have an
    opportunity to perform in workplace.
  • The Standard OSP Work Plan lists the tasks for
    the most important essential skills for the
  • Customize OSP Work Plan to make it appropriate
    and meaningful to the learner/job seeker and
    relevant to the workplace by
  • - deleting tasks the learner/job seeker will not
    have a chance to perform
  • - adding tasks and skills the learner/job seeker
    wants to perform and practice
  • - adding to Other Tasks section, tasks
    identified by employer or tasks from the
    Essential Skills Profiles not in the OSP
  • Only the employer records in, and signs, the OSP
    Work Plan.

OSP and Work Placements (including co-operative
education) and Other Forms of Experiential
  • Ways that teachers, trainers and literacy
    practitioners can use the OSP
  • Pre-placement reality check
  • Identify suitable workplace tasks for the
  • Inform the development of the PPLP or training
  • As part of a rich task to assess and evaluate
    learner performance

Create an OSP Transition Plan and transfer your
skills to a job!
  • Steps to creating an OSP Transition Plan
  • 1 Choose a job ad or an occupation
  • 2. Decode the job ad or occupational description
    and learn more about the job requirements

  • 3 Connect your own experiences with the job
  • 4 Plan next steps identify useful
    course/training prepare a skills-focused
    résumé/cover letter prepare for an interview.

Job Connect Program
  • Information and Resource Service (IRS)
  • Employment Planning and Preparation (EPP)
  • Job Development and Placement Support (JDPS)

Literacy and Basic Skills Program
  • OSP provides a valuable tool for LBS instructors
    and learners preparing for the direct to work
    transition pathway by providing
  • Information on expectations of a particular
    occupation (friendly NOC search for both career
    search and exploration and curriculum
  • Opportunity for learner and practitioner to work
    together and create an OSP Work Plan that can
    serve as a training plan as well as an authentic
    computer based experience
  • Additional information on work habits, and, if
    appropriate, identifying related services or
    supports that can be embedded in learners
  • An understanding of the transferability of ES
    and the value of preparing skills-based résumés
    and covering letters, as well as preparing for
  • A self-assessment check-list to demonstrate
    transition readiness
  • A record of ES and work habits demonstrated by
    learners who have a job placement opportunity.

Curriculum Documents
  • The OSP and Essential Skills are referenced in
    all revised Ontario curriculum documents to
  • Strengthen school-work connections by connecting
    curriculum expectations and the workplace
  • Enhance workplace relevancy in the classroom by
    referring to workplace tasks and using authentic
    workplace materials
  • To support career education and exploration
  • To engage learners

Guidance and Career Education Courses
  • Two Courses
  • Discovering the Workplace (GLD2O) Gr. 10
  • Navigating the Workplace (GLN4O) Gr. 12
  • Explicitly include Essential Skills in their
    curriculum expectations and make use of the
    Ontario Skills Passport.
  • Incorporate a broad range of experiential
    learning opportunities which are intended to meet
    the needs of students who are at various stages
    of readiness for work.
  • May be taken prior to or concurrent with
    cooperative education credits to provide an
    extended experiential learning opportunity in the

  • A ministry-approved specialized program
  • Allows students to focus on the knowledge and
    skills (including Essential Skills and work
    habits) that are of particular importance in
    certain economic areas, and to obtain
    certifications recognized in those sectors, as
    they work towards meeting the requirements for an
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
  • Students who graduate with a SHSM designation on
    their diploma are prepared for success in a
    particular sector and in the post-secondary
    destination of their choice, whether it be
    apprenticeship training, a college or university
    program, or the workplace.
  • Sectors in 2007-08 Arts and Culture, Business,
    Construction, Environment, Health and Wellness,
    Hospitality and Tourism, Manufacturing,
    Transportation and Primary Industries
    Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and
    Landscaping, Mining
  • Each SHSM has a Ministry-approved framework that
    consists of
  • 8-10 credits
  • sector-recognized certifications and training
  • workplace experience through experiential
  • the Ontario Skills Passport to explore
    occupations, learn about Essential
  • Skills and work habits, create Work Plans in
    which employers record their demonstration of
    skills and work habits, and prepare for next
    steps (e.g. conduct job searches, create résumés
    and prepare for interviews) and
  • reach ahead experiences in a selected
    postsecondary destination. These experiences
    enable Grade 11 and 12 students to gain
    confidence in their ability to be successful,
    refine skills and work habits, and make informed
    choice about future careers and next steps.
  • OSP is a mandatory component of all SHSMs !

NEW OSP Promotional Materials
  • OSP Brochure How to find GREAT workers for your
    business easy-to-understand descriptions of the
    tasks involved in the job make work placements be
    more productive
  • OSP Learner/Job Seekers Card How to wow
    employers and get the job you want!
  • OSP Employer Card Now theres a better way to
    interview, evaluate and train your workers
  • Available in English and French
  • FREE order on line at http//

OSP Employer Tools - NEW
  • Employer Tools
  • Create a job ad/description that focuses on key
    Essential Skills and work habits for the job
  • Develop an interview checklist that targets these
    skills and work habits
  • Give constructive feedback on job performance and
    skills development
  • Expected November 2007
  • By using the same job language, employers and job
    seekers can quickly decide if a job is the right

Under Development ES WH in Everyday Life
  • Essential Skills and Work Habits in Everyday Life
  • Scenarios that depict Essential Skills and work
    habits in everyday life
  • Audio and video components
  • Expected winter 2008

Under Development ES WH Check-In Tool
  • Essential Skills Work Habits Check-In Tool
  • An intake, referral and planning tool for
  • Being piloted in Adult Ed Common Assessment Pilot
  • Expected winter 2008.

Under Development ES WH Check-UP Tools
  • Learner Essential Skills and Work Habits Check-Up
  • Guides learners and job seekers through a
    self-assessment for each of the ES and work
    habits listed in the OSP. User receives a score
    card with personal results which can also be
    compared to skill sets of experienced workers in
    occupation(s) of interest.
  • Facilitated Essential Skills Check-Up Tool
  • Provide learners and job seekers with the
    opportunity to practice, build and demonstrate
    their ES (Levels 1-3) through completing tasks
    used in selected occupations at the C, D and B
    levels of the NOC. Requires teacher/facilitator
    involvement reliable indicator of ES competency.
    Facilitator guides for use by secondary school
    teachers, literacy practitioners, Job Connect
    employment counsellors and job developers,
    Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship trainers.
  • Expected winter 2008

OSP Web Development Advisory Committee
  • Suggestions and feedback on applications and
    resources to support use of OSP.
  • Participating organizations
  • Alpha Plus
  • Association des conseillères et des conseillers
    en orientation franco-ontariens
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • Collaborative of Adult Employment Centres of
  • Community Living
  • Ontario Association of Adult and Continuing
  • Job Connect College Sector
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
  • Metis Nation of Ontario
  • Ontario Association of Help Centres
  • Ontario Association of Youth Employment Centres
  • Ontario Business Education Partnership
  • Ontario Co-operative Education Association
  • Ontario Council of Technical Education
  • Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres
  • Ontario School Counselors Association
  • Ontario WorkInfoNet

OSP Resources Developed by teachers and
Sample OSP Resources
  • Resources developed by teachers/trainers
  • Click on the OSP Toolbox and follow the OSP
    Resources links
  • Specialist High Skills Majors NEW
  • Icons (copypaste), Bingo Cards, Posters
  • Transfer Your Skills Activity
  • Concert Inc. Activity
  • Cooperative Education Program
  • Job Connect Programs
  • Gr. 7-8 English, Math, Science
  • Gr. 9 Math

Ontario Skills Passport Helps BuildCompetence,
Confidence and Connections!
  • Learners and job seekers can use the OSP
  • to learn about the Essential Skills and work
    habits important for success in the workplace
  • to identify the Essential Skills and work habits
    they already have, to develop them further and to
    acquire new ones
  • to transfer them to a job or to further education
    and training.
  • Teachers, trainers and literacy practitioners can
    use the OSP
  • to enhance classroom relevancy
  • to strengthen school-work connections
  • to engage learners and
  • to help them build their Essential Skills and
    work habits.
  • Employers can use the OSP
  • to assess and record an individuals
    demonstration of Essential Skills and work
    habits and
  • in their recruitment and training practices.
  • We finally have a common language that helps
  • connect people and supports successful
  • LETS USE IT!!!

Thank you!
  • For more information, contact
  • Chantal Locatelli
  • Senior Policy Adviser
  • Ministry of Education
  • 900 Bay St., 4th Floor Mowat Block
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • M7A 1L2
  • Tel 416-325-7886
  • Fax 416-327-6749