Ontario Skills Passport in Action !. Chantal Locatelli Ministry of Education November 2007. The Skills Challenge.
Ministry of Education
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.
Use the OSP to:
- Money Math
- Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
- Measurement and Calculation
- Data Analysis
- Numerical Estimation
- Job Task Planning and Organizing
- Decision Making
- Problem Solving
- Finding Information
Skill levels are associated with workplace tasks and not the worker performing these tasks.
- What do you do in your job?
- Why do you do it?
- How do you do it?
- What resources and materials do you use?
The OSP includes the following work habits considered important for success work, learning and life:
Note: There are no complexity levels associated with work habits in the OSP.
- 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 database.
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.
The OSP and Essential Skills are referenced in all revised Ontario curriculum documents to:
Two New Courses:
Discovering the Workplace (GLD2O)– Gr. 10
Navigating the Workplace (GLN4O) – Gr. 12
Ways that teachers, trainers and literacy practitioners can use the OSP:
OSP is a mandatory component of all SHSMs !
Suggestions and feedback on applications and resources to support use of OSP.
Resources developed by teachers/trainers…
Click on the OSP Toolbox and follow the OSP Resources links
By using the same job language, employers and job seekers can quickly decide if a job is the “right fit”
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.
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.
Essential Skills and Work Habits in Everyday Life
Essential Skills & Work Habits Check-In Tool:
We finally have a common language that helps
connect people and supports successful transitions…
LET’S USE IT!!!
For more information, contact:
Senior Policy Adviser
Ministry of Education
900 Bay St., 4th Floor Mowat Block