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Top 50 Entry-Level Jobs

Wendy M has been helpful, as usual, around things Essential, that is Essential Skills. She has directed me to a number of useful Essential Skills. The first is a link to a resource from Kingston Literacy called the Top 50 Entry-Level Jobs. They defined entry-level as follows:

An entry level job requires no post-secondary training but may require some job-specific training. In addition, entry level jobs may involve up to six months of on-the-job training. (See HRSDC skill levels C and D. For entry level-jobs, look for skill level 4, 5 or 6.) For example, the jobs 6621 – Gas Station Attendant and 6453 –Waiter are considered entry level.*

We used the National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes to establish our definition of entry-level worker and specifically the skill level portion of the NOC structure, or the second digit. For “entry level,” then, we looked at skill levels C and D, or skill level digits 4, 5 or 6:

Skill Level C occupations generally require completion of secondary school and some job-specific training or completion of courses directly related to the work. Skill Level D occupations usually require on-the-job training, short demonstration sessions or instruction that takes place in the work environment.

*Adapted from the NOC website tutorial at http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/noc/english/noc/2006/Tutorial.aspx#8

An examination of the numeracy skills required for each of these occupations will help inform me about what numeracy skills to focus on as I look at the new Fundamental Math curriculum.

Community Partners Essential Skills

Our department chair and I met this morning with some of our community partners today on collaborating in a project to incorporate essential skills in our work together with our communities. As part of my 2010-11 faculty schedule development project, I have committed to begin the process of integrating essential skills into my math curriculum.

The BC ABE (Fundamental) Working Group is revamping the Fundamental Level mathematics course into six levels. The learning outcomes from these should integrate well with numeracy essential skills.  See the ABE Articulation Handbook for the specific learning outcomes. Scroll down to the Adult Literacy Fundamental Skill Levels on page 59.

For an example of how this integration might work, see this link. An example specific to Retail Sales Associates and Tellers is available at http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/cclb/numeracy/numeracy.pdf