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Closing the Skills Gap BC Chamber of Commerce AGM, May 24, 2013. Literacy and Essential Skills Solutions. “In 2012 and again in 2013, the skills crisis heads the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s list of Top Ten Barriers to Competitiveness.” The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

Closing the Skills Gap

BC Chamber of Commerce AGM, May 24, 2013

Literacy and Essential Skills Solutions

Decoda Literacy Solutions


Literacy and essential skills solutions

“In 2012 and again in 2013, the skills crisis heads the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s list of Top Ten Barriers to Competitiveness.”

The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Report of the Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on

November 14, 2012 in Toronto

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

“Helping to improve workforce literacy and essential skill helps build conditions for economic growth.”

The Honourable Don McRae

Minister of Education

Addressing the Skills Gap Forum

March 25, 2013

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Overview

Overview

What is Literacy and Essential Skills?

What is the challenge or skills gap?

Why should Chambers and businesses care?

What is Decoda doing?

What can Chambers do?


What are literacy and essential skills

What are Literacy and Essential Skills?

  • The ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute – how we make sense of the modern world

  • Enables individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society. (PIACC)

  • Provide the foundation for learning all other skills

  • Enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace change

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

A Framework for Thinking About Skills

Home Environment

The Community

Firm

& Job

Specific Skills and bodies of knowledge

…depend upon

  • Analytic Problem Solving

  • decision making

  • job task planning and organizing

  • significant use of memory

  • Workplace

  • Inter-Personal

  • teamwork

  • leadership

  • practical intelligence

Use

of tools associated with pervasive technologies of production e.g. ICT’s

…depend upon

  • Intra-personal

  • Ability to Learn

  • motivation

  • metacognition

  • Written Communication

  • reading - text

  • reading - documents

  • writing

  • Oral Communication

  • speaking

  • listening

Motor Skills

Numeracy

The World of Work


Literacy and essential skills solutions

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Let s figure this out

Let’s figure this out …

How many tablets in 24 hours can you give your 10 year old child who only weighs 60 pounds?

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

40% of British Columbians aged 16 to 65 have Level 1 and 2 reading skills

44% have level 1 and 2

numeracy skills

Statistics Canada

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Level 3 literacy is the equivalent of the chainsaw in the knowledge economy

Level 3 literacy is the equivalent of the chainsaw in the knowledge economy


Literacy in bc

17

23

37

23

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Levels4 & 5

Literacy in BC

▲% BC populationaged 16 and over

literacy proficiency ►

Statistics Canada (2003): International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey

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Demand for literacy skill is projected to grow rapidly supply flat

Demand for Literacy Skill is Projected to Grow Rapidly Supply Flat

Projected proportions by prose

proficiency level

Where are the required skills going to come from?


Jobs in bc

Jobs in BC

  • Retail salespersons and cashiers

  • Clerical and office skills

  • Cleaners

  • Motor vehicle and transit drivers

  • Childcare and home support workers

  • Food and beverage service

  • Helpers and attendants

  • Trades helpers and labourers

  • Primary production labourers

    WorkBC, 2013

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But in bc

But in BC………

  • Over 150,000 working-age (25 -54) adults do not have a high school diploma

  • 20% of young people do not

    finish school in the expected time

    or at all

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Effects on small business

Effects on Small Business

  • Communication technologies increases productivity but amplifies skill-based inequalities

  • The labour shortage in Canada forces employers to hire more low skilled workers

  • Poor state of government finances precludes large public investments

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Cost of skill upgrading

Cost of Skill Upgrading

In BC:

$2.897 billion

To bring all adults 16+ to reading level 3

DataAngel Policy Research

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

Direct economic benefits for BC:

$ 8.967 Billion

or

$2,607/worker/year in additional earnings

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

In BC

Regular employment insurance benefit payments could drop by

$35 million

DataAngelPolicy Research

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

In BC

Social assistance benefit payments could drop by

$223 million

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

In BC

Workers compensation benefit payments could drop by

$52 million

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

5 year rate of return on investment

In BC

1501%

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

  • 5 year rate of return on investment

  • For companies with less than 20 employees

  • 2078%

  • Report of the Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on

  • November 14, 2012 in Toronto

  • The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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Direct economic benefits for business

Direct Economic Benefits for Business

The Value Proposition:

  • Increased productivity

  • Increased product quality

  • Better customer service

  • Increased safety

  • Increased employee motivation and retention

  • Increased SME capacity for workforce development

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What is decoda doing

What Is Decoda Doing?

  • Supporting organizations in communities to work more closely together

  • 102 community literacy task groups throughout BC

  • More than 2000 people engaged in discussions

  • 86 of these are from business or Chambers of Commerce

  • 1,673 organizations collaborate

    to deliver literacy services

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

“The key to making further progress on skills-related challenges is to bring together business, educational and training institutions, workers and policy people, both inside and outside of government.”

Associate Deputy Minister Ron Parker Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Report of the Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on

November 14, 2012 in Toronto

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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Creating a provincial strategy

Creating a Provincial Strategy

  • Creating a Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Strategy

  • Sounding Board – Chamber of Commerce, BCBC, CME

  • With many partners, stakeholders, communities

  • Linking employer interests to skills training

  • – demand to supply

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What can chambers do

What Can Chambers do?

  • Participate in developing and implementing a provincial comprehensive literacy/essential skills strategy

  • Supply information about business human resource requirements and potential solutions

  • Get to know your local literacy

    and essential skills services

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And…..

Partner with literacy/essential skills providers to help local businesses to:

  • Upgrade the literacy/essential skills of employees

  • Upgrade the literacy/essential skills of local   unemployed persons so they can move into jobs in  resource and other projects

  • Use literacy/essential skills assessment tools

  • Promote literacy and essential skills upgrading to employees

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

“People are the common denominator of progress. So... no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated. “

John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (1958) US (Canadian-born) administrator & economist (1908 - 2006)

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Literacy and essential skills solutions

“No one owns the skills issue and likewise no one player—be it government or business or the education sector—can resolve it alone.”

The Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Report of the Symposium on Skills and Small Business held on

November 14, 2012 in Toronto

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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