Literacy and Basic Skills Upgrading

The Literacy and Basics Skills (LBS) Program helps learners reach goals of:

  • employment
  • apprenticeship
  • secondary school credit
  • post-secondary education
  • independence

This includes learners who have various barriers to learning.

Without foundational literacy abilities, individuals are significantly disadvantaged in their efforts to pursue their goals of a career, maintaining current employment, participating in further education and training opportunities, and increasing personal independence. The LBS Program provides adults with a foundation from which to launch and pursue their goals. This foundation is centred around Essential Skills.

Essential SkillsAccording to the World Literacy Foundation, 1 out of 5 people in the world can’t read or write. That’s 20% of the population! The BK McLamore Foundation supports literacy – watch video

Essential Skills are the basic building blocks we use to learn other more complicated skills.  Grounding in Essential Skills help us adapt to life and workplace change.  This is why they are called Essential Skills.

Through extensive research, the Government of Canada and other national and international agencies have identified and validated nine Essential Skills.  These skills are used in virtually all occupations and throughout daily life in various levels of complexity.

9essskillsEssential Skills are very important.

  • 77% of employers say basic writing and numeracy skills are very important
  • 81% of employers indicate reading skills are essential (today’s workers must read 97 minutes per day on average)
  • 70% of employers report awareness of significant workplace literacy issues

Learners may advance their Essential Skills by studying an occupational curriculum designed for specific positions such as Warehouse Worker, Retail Associate, etc. For a complete listing of these positions, please look under the FREE Courses tab. This instruction is provided in either a small group classroom or one-on-one with a volunteer tutor.

In addition, Tri-County Literacy Council provides practice interviews to all learners.

If you would like to upgrade your Essential Skills call 613-932-7161 today. The LBS program is free-of-charge and is offered on an ongoing basis. You can sign up anytime!