Ontario Skills Passport News - September 2016

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SkillsZone Website Redesigned

SkillsZone is a user-friendly gateway and companion resource to the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP). We have recently redesigned SkillsZone to provide learners, job seekers, teachers, literacy practitioners and employment specialists with multiple pathways into the OSP, making it easier for them to access the OSP tools and resources. This includes a NEW Skills Wizard path based on Essential Skills and work habits, the education and career/life planning path based on Creating Pathways to Success (CPS) and the original path designed for learners and teachers.

Check out the redesigned website at: http://www.skillszone.ca/

Note: If you end up with the old version, refresh your machine by pressing Control/F5.

OSP Occupational Profiles

The following Occupations have recently been updated on the OSP Occupations Database:

NOC OCCUPATION

0123 Other Business Services Managers (Small Business Owner-Operators)

0621a Retail Trade Managers (Small Business Owner-Operators)

0631 Restaurant and Food Service Managers (Small Business Owner-

Operators)

0632a Accommodation Service Managers (Small Business Owner-Operators)

0712 Residential Home Builders and Renovators (Small Business Owner-

Operators)

1441 Administrative Clerks

3215 Medical Radiation Technologists

3232 Midwives and Practitioners of Natural Healing

3233 Licensed Practical Nurses

3411 Dental Assistants

6242 Cooks

6271 Hairstylists

6453 Food and Beverage Servers

7231 Machinists

7242 Industrial Electricians

7246 Telecommunications Installation and Repair Workers

7261 Sheet Metal Workers

7271 Carpenters

7282 Concrete Finishers

7311 Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights)

7312 Farm Equipment Mechanics

7322 Automotive Painters

7322b Motor Vehicle Body Repairers (Metal and Paint)

7371 Mobile Crane Operators

7414 Delivery Drivers

7421 Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)

8412 Oil and Gas Well Drilling Workers and Services Operators

8431 General Farm Workers

8432 Nursery and Greenhouse Workers

8611 Harvesting Labourers

8612 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers

8613 Aquaculture and Marine Harvest Labourers

8614 Mine Labourers

8615 Oil and Gas Drilling, Servicing and Related Labourers

8616 Logging and Forestry Labourers

9411 Machine Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing

And a reminder from last OSP News (May 31, 2016):

New Videos for Settlement Workers and Employment Specialists Working with Newcomers and Facilitator’s Guide Added to SkillsZone

Putting Your Skills to Work – Welcome to Ontario and Transfer Your Skills to a Great Job are video projects of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade and are intended for use by settlement workers and employment specialists (employment counsellors, resource and information specialists, and job developers) in their work to support newcomers (immigrants and refugees). They can use the videos and resources to assist newcomers understand the considerable skills that they bring with them to Canada and how best to transfer them to employment and life in their new communities. Use the Putting Your Skills to Work – Welcome to Ontario video to see how Essential Skills and work habits (ESWH) are used by newcomers in their settlement process and how being aware of their skills promotes confidence and resilience in their search for employment. Use the Transfer Your Skills to a Great Job video to assist newcomers who are seeking employment to discover the ESWH they have that can be transferred to the Ontario workforce.

The guide for these videos provides additional information and suggestions for facilitators using the videos and includes:

    • A set of worksheets to help newcomer clients (learners, job seekers and workers) better understand the Essential Skills and work habits (ESWH) that they bring with them to Ontario and see how they are using their skills in the settlement process and how they are transferable to the Ontario workplace.

    • A set of templates with examples to help facilitators identify which Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) tools and resources to use with specific clients.

    • A set of tips for using the OSP specifically for settlement workers and employment specialists working with newcomers.

    • A complete transcript of the video – Transfer Your Skills to a Great Job.

    • Two sample OSP Learning Activities

    • A list of additional resources to support newcomers in their settlement to Ontario.

New Video for Employers

Use the Find the Skills You Need video to assist employers with understanding the importance of using the ESWH in recruiting and developing their employees. The video identifies many OSP tools and resources that employers can use to recruit and develop skilled, resilient and adaptable employees.

OSP Occupational Profiles

The following Occupations have recently been updated on the OSP Occupations Database:

NOC OCCUPATION

1434 Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Clerks

3235 Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment

3413 Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates

4212 Community and Social Service Workers

6411 Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)

6421 Retail Sales Associates

6432 Pursers and Flight Attendants

6435 Hotel Front Desk Clerks

6482 Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations

7251 Plumbers

OSP Tips Sheets

We have added and/or updated the following Tips Sheets on the OSP website:

OSP Interactive Education and Career/Life Planning Resources for Grades 7 to 12

We have added two new Resource Handouts to this section of the website – the OSP-IPP Interactive Resource Handout and the OnWIN-IPP Interactive Resource Handout.

Skills Connections: A Comparison between the Essential Skills of the Ontario Skills Passport and the Canadian Language Benchmarks

Educators (especially ESL teachers/facilitators), trainers and literacy practitioners can use the Skills Connections: A Comparison between the Essential Skills of the Ontario Skills Passport and the Canadian Language Benchmarks to see how the Essential Skills Complexity Levels intersect with the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

Skills Articles

Check out the Articles on Skills section of the website. A “new” flag is shown beside each new article posted since the previous OSP News.

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And a reminder from last OSP News (January 19, 2016):

OSP Interactive Education and Career/Life Planning Resource for Adult Learners and Job Seekers

We have created a new Interactive Education and Career/Life Planning Resource for Adult Learners and Job Seekers on SkillsZone. The OSP has many great tools and resources to help adult learners and job seekers develop personally meaningful answers to the following four education and career/life planning inquiry questions: Who am I? What are my opportunities? Who do I want to become? What is my plan for achieving my goals? Learners can click the questions on the graphic to access OSP tools and resources to help them answer the questions and develop their pathways planning portfolio. The OSP Teacher/Facilitator Planning Chart and OSP Learner Chart have been updated.

OSP Interactive Education and Career/Life Planning Resources

We have updated the Interactive Learning Resources page on SkillsZone to provide easy access to OSP Education and Career/Life Planning Resources for Kindergarten to Grade 6, Grade 7 to Grade 12, and Adult Learners and Job Seekers.

New Learning Activities

We have added the following two new Learning Activities with Ontario Curriculum Linkages to the Learning Activities Database:

    • NOC 7311 – Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights)

    • NOC 4212 – Community and Social Service Worker

Sample Résumés and Cover Letters

We have added the following five sample Résumés and Cover Letters to the OSP:

    • Applying for a part-time Job as a Retail Sales Associate (NOC 6421)

    • Applying for a Job as an Administrative Assistant (NOC 1241)

    • Applying for a Job as a Foreign-Trained Professional: Civil Engineering Technologist (NOC 2231)

    • Applying for a Job after a Workforce Absence: Kitchen Helper (NOC 6641)

    • Applying for a Job in the Trades: Millwright (NOC 7311)

OSP Occupational Profiles

The following Occupations have recently been updated on the OSP Occupations Database:

NOC OCCUPATION

1243 Medical Secretaries

2242 Electronic Service Technicians

2281 Computer Network Technicians

2283 Systems Testing Technicians

7411 Truck Drivers

8411 Underground Mine Service and Support Workers

9424 Water and Waste Plant Operators

9511 Machining Tool Operators

OSP Leadership Projects and Activities Worksheet

We have created the OSP Leadership Projects and Activities Worksheet to assist adult learners and job seekers with tracking their Essential Skills and work habits demonstrations in leadership projects and activities they undertake in the community or in school. Learners can use this information to update their OSP Tracker with these skills demonstrations and complete an OSP Reflection Worksheet. They can also use this information to help them develop personally meaningful answers to each of the four education and career/life planning inquiry questions: Who am I? What are my opportunities? Who do I want to become? What is my plan for achieving my goals? and develop their pathways planning portfolio.

OSP Planning Charts, Tips Sheets and Worksheets

We have added and/or updated the following Planning Charts, Tips Sheets and Worksheets on the OSP website designed for learners and teachers involved in elementary and secondary schools:

And a reminder from last OSP News (June 1, 2015):

Tips Sheets for Teachers

We have added a new Tips Sheet for Elementary Teachers – Tips for Using the OSP in Kindergarten to Grade 6 Classrooms and a new Tips Sheet for Teachers and Facilitators Involved in the Single Parent Pilot Projects. We have also updated the Tips for Cooperative Education Teachers and OYAP Coordinators, Tips for Using the OSP in a Specialist High Skills Major Program, Tips for Guidance Counsellors, Tips for Teachers of Students with Special Education Needs, Tips for Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) Teachers, and Tips for using the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) in Career Studies.

Learner Checklists

We have added new Learner Checklists for using the OSP in Career Studies (GLC20) and in Cooperative Education.

Videos

All of our videos and video vignettes are now mobile friendly. Check out our feature videos: Discover Your Skills, Make Social Media Work for You, Keeping Safe at Work and Critical Thinking.

Tips for Parents

We have added a new Tips Sheet for Parents showcasing how they can use the OSP with their children to assess, build, document and track their Essential Skills and work habits and transfer them to everyday life and the next place they go – whether it’s further education, training or the workplace.

A Guide to Linking Essential Skills to the Ontario Curriculum

We have updated A Guide to Linking the Essential Skills and the Ontario Curriculum to include Critical Thinking and added an appendix on the Thinking Skills of Problem Solving and Critical Thinking. The former Companion Resource which focused on Linking Work Habits to the Curriculum has been incorporated into this new guide.

Skills Work! Skills Play!

We have added a new game to the SkillsZone Website - Skills Work! Skills Play! The Apprenticeship Game! This game is a great introduction to the world of skilled trades. See how these workers use their Essential Skills and work habits and transfer them to everyday life and the next place they go – whether it’s further education, training or the workplace.

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And a reminder from last OSP News (January 18, 2015):

New Working Safely Video and Facilitator’s Guide Added to SkillsZone

The video, Keeping Safe at Work, illustrates how to use your Essential Skills and work habits and exercise your health and safety rights to keep safe at work. The video was co-sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and is intended for use with learners, job seekers and workers.

The guide to the video is designed to provide additional information for facilitators using the video and includes:

    • A set of worksheets to help learners, job seekers and workers better understand the Essential Skills and work habits necessary for staying safe at work

    • Background information on the rights, responsibilities and legislation involved in ensuring workers and workplaces are safe

    • Frequently asked questions and their answers related to worker and workplace safety

    • Tip sheets for staying safe at work and compliance worksheets that may be copied and used with learners, job seekers and workers

    • A complete copy of the script for the video Keeping Safe at Work

    • A matrix showing when during the video different health and safety teaching points may be most effectively included in your instruction with space to include your own observations

    • An Essential Skills Activity Set focused on occupational health and safety

    • A list of additional resources

New Occupational Profiles Added to the OSP

The following Occupations have recently been added to the OSP Occupations Database:

NOC OCCUPATION

2131 Civil Engineers

2211 Chemical Technologists and Technicians

2281 Computer Network Technicians

2283 Systems Testing Technicians

3231 Opticians

7217 Contractors and Supervisors of Heavy Construction

7334 Motorcycle and Other Related Mechanics

Use the OSP to Support the Development of the “All About Me” Portfolio

We have developed a number of OSP resources for use in Kindergarten to Grade 6 that can help learners develop their “All About Me” Portfolio. Here is a chart which outlines OSP resources related to each of the four education and career/life planning inquiry questions:

About Me

Kindergarten to Grade 3

Grades 4 to 6

 

Who am I?

Complete My Essential Skills – Primary

Complete My Work Habits – Primary

Use a Pan Am/Parapan Am problem-based learning activity focused on the skills you want to develop

Complete My Essential Skills – Junior

Complete My Work Habits – Junior

View Discover Your Skills Video on SkillsZone.ca

Use a Pan Am/Parapan Am problem-based learning activity focused on the skills you want to develop

What are my opportunities?

 

Post Using Essential Skills and Work Habits in Volunteer Jobs at School – Use these sample “job postings” to help show students how they can demonstrate and track their Learning Skills and Work Habits, OSP Work Habits and Essential Skills in different school jobs such as “Kindergarten Helper” and “Bus Patrol.”

Who do I want to become?

Use Connecting Essential Skills and Work Habits to Guest Speakers

Use Connecting Essential Skills and Work Habits to Guest Speakers

Research a Career – See how workers use Essential Skills on the Job. Complete Essential Skills in Jobs and Career Reflection Worksheet.

What is my plan for achieving my goals?

 

Use the Learning Skills and Work Habits - Setting Goals to Keep Improving

Complete the Ontario Skills Passport Reflection Worksheet after finishing a Volunteer Job at School.

And a reminder from last OSP News (October 20, 2014):

Critical Thinking

We have added the Essential Skill of Critical Thinking to the OSP. We have included an easy to find description of the skill and skill levels together with a short video highlighting this skill on the video page. You can search for sample Critical Thinking tasks in work, learning and life. The OSP occupational profiles have been updated to include Critical Thinking tasks where they exist. As well, three new learning activities have been added to the CESL database focusing on Critical Thinking - Levels 1, 2, and 3.

Links among OSP Occupational Profiles, Ontario Job Futures, and Employment Profiles

You can now link directly from an OSP occupational profile to both the Ontario Job Futures and Employment Profiles to more easily access labour market information and employment prospects for an occupation.

Use the OSP to Support the Development of the IPP

Use the OSP-IPP Learner Chart and OSP-IPP Teacher Planning Chart to help learners develop their Individual Pathways Plan (IPP) as they answer the four education and career/life planning inquiry questions: Who am I? What are my opportunities? Who do I want to become? What is my plan for achieving my goals?

Use the OSP to Support the Development of the IPP on SkillsZone.ca

Learners can click the questions on the IPP graphic to access the OSP tools and resources to help them answer the four education and career/life planning questions and develop their IPP.

We encourage you to go to the SkillsZone website (skillszone.ca) which has been redesigned to serve as a user-friendly gateway to the OSP.

The refreshed SkillsZone site features NEW videos:

Discover Your Skills

An animated introductory video to the OSP which illustrates how Essential Skills and work habits are used every day and why they are important in work, learning and life.

Make Social Media Work for You

An OSP Social Media video and resource which will help you use social media safely and effectively to showcase your Essential Skills and work habits and get noticed when you are looking for a great post-secondary program, apprenticeship, volunteer position, job, or internship.