Enhancing Displaced Workers' Literacy and Essential Skills: Literature Review - SRDC

Enhancing Displaced Workers’ Literacy and Essential Skills: Literature Review

Authors:Shawn de RaafXiaoyang LuoMaria MontenegroPatrick Wray

The Enhancing Displaced Workers Literacy and Essential Skills project is a collaborative project that is managed by Decoda Literacy Solutions, and supported by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).

The overall goal of the project is to enhance knowledge and raise awareness of promising Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) interventions for displaced workers in Canada to improve their employability. Today’s labour market places significant emphasis on LES. Unfortunately, large segments of the available workforce do not have the necessary level of LES, which can intensify the impacts of job displacement. Data from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), as reported by Statistics Canada (2013), indicates that 49 per cent of Canadians aged 16-65 do not have Level 3 literacy while 55 per cent do not have Level 3 math skills. These gaps are particularly evident in specific population groups. For example, nearly 60 per cent of Indigenous peoples in Canada have a literacy level less than level 3. As well, average literacy and numeracy levels are lower for older workers age 45 to 65 than for 16 to 44 year olds. With low LES and digital skills, some displaced workers face increasing challenges to re-integrate into the labour market. There is a clear need to support displaced workers to become re-employed in more secure positions and sectors.

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