About Essential Skills Manitoba

Essential Skills MParticipants of Essential Skills traininganitoba (ESM) was created in 2012 to provide Essential Skills services that specialize in the needs of individual Manitobans keeping in mind specific priority demographics and multi-barriered clients. Essential Skills assessment and training responses are identified and delivered in partnership with Labour Management Services Division branches as part of an integrated system which responds to a continuum of learner needs.  The integrated system is structured to take a learner successfully from low Essential Skills levels to successful employment.  The need for the service was based in part on the following assumptions:

  • 48% of the population struggles with Essential Skills – 23% significantly
  • Multi-barriered clients:
    • need more training and more time training
    • have confounding issues
    • have demographic predictions – lower skill levels on average and as high as 80% deficient given the region (e.g., The North)
    • require counselling/mentoring supports
  • Assessment and learning plans are key requirements
  • Success builds on excellent labour market information directly obtained from employers

Essential Skills Manitoba provides in-depth Essential Skills assessment and training against client goals as a result of referrals from partners such as Training and Employment Services and/or Employment Income Assistance. ESM does this by providing constructive, asset-based feedback to learners, instructors, counsellors, and other partners. Targeted Essential Skills training is then designed and delivered based on the identified Essential Skills gaps of the learners. Essential Skills Manitoba services will be available regionally throughout Manitoba.

Guiding Principles

The individuals’ needs and interests are central to the assessment and training process; the individual is a full partner in the assessment and training; Essential Skills assessment and training are provided with the end goal of meaningful, sustainable employment. Essential Skills Manitoba will provide assessment and training services that:

  • Are designed based on information from the primary source of the employer
  • Are context (job) specific
  • Result in a learning plan that leads to meaningful, sustainable employment opportunities
  • Offer a high degree of customization to the specific needs of Training and Employment Services, Employment and Income Assistance and other stakeholders
  • Are asset-based
  • Are fair, flexible and transparent
  • Are reliable, valid and performance-based
  • Demonstrate best adult education practices
  • Allow for accommodation of the individual’s strengths and needs
  • Have outcomes that are observable, measurable, and teachable

Essential Skills Manitoba’s Facilitation Strategies:

  • Start where the learner is, assessing and recognizing skill levels, experiences, attributes and potential, as well as gaps
  • Ensure all facilitation, activities and documents used in the program reflect authentic work context and practices
  • Keep the end in mind when engaging: all interventions are designed to support meaningful, sustainable employment for the participant
  • Flexible in customizing the modules to meet the needs of the individual and the group
  • The focus will be on outcomes, not program completion but skills gained and how they can be applied to the employment journey
  • Integrate workplace from the beginning –replicate a work setting, expectations – e.g. punctuality, ensuring workplace language is used, learning and assessment is activity based
  • Ensure all materials are in plain language
Key Considerations

Outcome

These assessment and training programs prepare participants with the Life, Employability and Essential Skills they need to work successfully with Training and Employment Services Career Development Consultants and move successfully toward their career goal.

Essential Skills Manitoba’s Assessment Service Functions:

  • Define and coordinate assessment systems and processes
  • Manage the archiving and access of assessment tools
  • Develop assessment tools
  • Determine assessment needs
  • Coordinate assessment events and reporting
  • Provide assessment feedback
  • Manage assessment records and privacy
  • Report assessment event data
  • Support existing assessment practices
  • Evaluate assessment strategies
  • Advocate for Essential Skills assessment solutions
  • Determine training needs
  • Define and coordinate training
  • Design and develop curriculum
  • Coordinate training events
  • Provide feedback related to training initiatives
  • Manage the archiving and access of curriculum
  • Manage training records and privacy
  • Report training event data
  • Support instructional planning
  • Evaluate training initiatives
  • Advocate for Essential Skills training solutions

Essential Skills Manitoba’s Training Service Functions:

  • Determine training needs
  • Define and coordinate training
  • Design and develop curriculum
  • Coordinate training events
  • Provide feedback related to training initiatives
  • Manage the archiving and access of curriculum
  • Manage training records and privacy
  • Report training event data
  • Support instructional planning
  • Evaluate training initiatives
  • Advocate for Essential Skills training solutions