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Selected research reports

We are always seeking better ways to empower people to learn and find work they value. Our research reports demonstrate how we develop and implement effective, accessible, integrated and flexible workplace supports for those with literacy and language barriers to employment.

The Workforce Essential Skills across Canada project

WESCan (Workforce Essential Skills across Canada) was an Office of Literacy and Essential Skills funded project that saw PTP working closely with communities across Canada to build meaningful programming for low-skilled individuals. The project used the CAMERA System as its foundation, combined with the knowledge gained through years of research and analysis on effective ways to transition low-skilled adults to work.

Read the WEScan Research Report (Workforce Essential Skills: Putting Literacy to Work)

Piloting an integrated pre-culinary program

PTP partnered with Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy to develop and deliver an integrated workforce literacy and essential skills pre-culinary program for marginalized adults, funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Read the report for a description of the pilot project and its outcomes as experienced by students and frontline staff.

Download the Food For Thought Research Report

Building communities to support the aspiring apprentice

Can Ontario’s community-based literacy programs prepare adult learners for apprenticeships that lead to employment in the skilled trades? Read Filling the Gap to find out about the innovative work being done in programs that are already successfully linking learners to apprenticeship opportunities. Learn how any community-based literacy agency can implement programming and build partnerships to make apprenticeship accessible to their literacy learners.

Download the Filling The Gap Research Report

Guidance for workplace-relevant training

Our Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills research report explores best practices from PTP’s Teamwork program and other adult literacy programs in Ontario, as seen from the perspective of instructors and students. It offers practical information for programs that want to build or extend programming using hands-on and workplace-relevant learning as an approach for developing literacy, numeracy and employment skills.

Download the Workforce Literacy and Essential Skills Research Report