Literacy and Basic Skills Program (LBS)

The Literacy and Basic Skills Program (LBS) provides adults in Ontario with the essential skills needed to achieve their goals employment, furthering education or independence. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) contracts with community agencies, school boards, and colleges to provide these services. The following services constitute a cycle of learning which clearly lays out a learner’s goals and the plan to achieve them. The program is free and follows this five step process:

Information and Referral

The VALA agency offers information to reach those adults who need to acquire basic skills or upgrade their skills to find and keep jobs in increasingly competitive markets. We also provide basic information about other community services available to a learner combined with our services and make referrals to another provider, when we do not offer a particular service.

Through the Literacy and Basic Skills program (LBS) we offer workplace training and employment preparation with the flexibility to meet the needs of each individual.

Assessment

Assessments occur at each stage of a person’s participation in the program, (initial, ongoing, and exit). The initial assessment determines the person’s existing level of basic skill, their learning style, and needs. A common assessment is shared by all agencies in the Rainy River District. Practitioners then work with learners to identify specific goals and the skills that are needed to achieve those goals such as the essential skills of self-management and self-direction. Ongoing assessments identify any problem areas, determine the level of progress, or make adjustments. The exit assessment identifies whether or not a learner’s goals have been met.

Training Plan Development

Personalized training plans are designed to help the learner succeed. Through the process of developing a training plan, learners map out a possible sequence for training and the time necessary to achieve their short and long term goals. This allows learners to understand the steps that will be required. Barriers are identified and any training support required is planned. The training plan is the learners own personal file and a valuable tool for their selfmanagement and self-direction skills.

Training

The primary focus of the program is the actual training provided to adult learners in literacy and basic skills. Different agencies use various training approaches and methods. At VALA, we ensure that training aids and materials support the diversity of learning approaches and adjust training as needed. Subjects covered are: Numeracy and Math, Communications (Reading and Writing), Basic Computers, Workplace Training, and Self-Management and Self-Direction. Some examples of typical courses are: Simply Accounting, Microsoft Word 07, Excel 07, Power Point 07, Surfing the Internet for Beginners. Check our website or call the office to find out our current class schedule.

Evaluation and Follow-up

This service helps demonstrate the value and effectiveness of the other four steps in meeting the training needs of the learners served. LBS agencies contact learners at three months and at six months after they leave the program in order to document their progress. The success of the training activities is evaluated as learners achieve their goals and move on to the next step in their training plans, either within or beyond our agency.