Essential Skills Profiling Workshop
Monday, Nov 16 to Thursday Nov 19, 2009
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Short assignments may be required in addition to classroom sessions.
Douglas College, David Lam Campus
Health Sciences Building
Room C1012 - 1240 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC V3B 7X3
Understand the background and purpose of the HRSDC Essential Skills Profiles
Identify Essential Skills as defined by HRSDC
Learn about the profiling methodology
Rate example tasks using complexity scales
Write examples and summary paragraphs
Practice open ended interviewing skills
Recognize Essential Skills applications in education and workplace settings
Participants who attend all sessions and complete assignments will receive a certificate of
Who Should Attend?
We welcome participants who are interested applying Essential Skills research in
curriculum, assessment and employment preparation programs
About The Course:
This workshop is designed for those practitioners who require working knowledge of
Essential Skills for project management, curriculum design or instruction that addresses
Call: 604 527-5472 (Continuing Education Registration)
Course Reference #31467 ESKL 2000 001
For More Information:
Please contact Janice Rempel at 604 777-6152 or by email at
Lynda Fownes is a leader in the field of Essential Skills. She brings a wealth of knowledge and
experience that will add richness to this training session.
Lynda Fownes has been involved with the Essential Skills Research Project from its inception.
Advised on the initial pilot phase in 1997
Prior to 1995, conducted Literacy Task Analysis research
Managed a team of researchers responsible for data collection in BC and Alberta
(approximately 600 interviews)
Evaluated data analysis and methodology
Wrote support material (sections of the Reader’s Guide)
Ongoing Profiler training for workplace research in essential skills (Canada,
Zimbabwe, Chile and Namibia)
Participated in A & B pilots of Essential Skills research, Red Seal Mentorship
program and development of profiles with stakeholder groups (Disabilities Manager,
Invited to participate in various HRSDC – Essential Skills advisory meetings
Senior test item writer for TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills). This
assessment tool measures reading text, using documents and solving problems with
numbers based on Essential Skills methodology.
Contributed test items to the ALLS (Adult Life Skills Survey)
Lynda Fownes is the Executive Director of BC Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council,
SkillPlan. Lynda joined the organization in 1992 as Research Director and has designed and managed a
wide range of projects involving employers, unions, government and educators. Her lifelong association
with the construction industry and experience as a teacher and consultant to the Ministry of Education,
Curriculum Development Branch proves to be an eclectic mix that combines knowledge of education
systems with sensitivity to industry issues.
Relating Essential Skills to the workplace is the basis for a number of SkillPlan initiatives. These include
publications such as the At Work series: Reading at Work, Document Use at Work, Writing at Work and
Numeracy at Work.
Lynda Fownes has a Bachelor and Master of Education from the University of British Columbia,
Canada. She enjoys travelling and hiking, combining the two passions whenever possible.