MNO Staff Present at Learning ConferenceMNO Staff Tammy Webb and Kristen Stewart at the
Eskilon Learning Solutions Conference

In late spring this year, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Education and Training Branch staff members Tammy Webb and Kristen Stewart presented at the Eskilon Learning Solutions Conference. Fifty delegates from across Canada enjoyed keynote speakers, infor­mative client presentations, a networking reception, entertainment and multiple mini-training sessions.

The one and a half day program was designed to highlight and share best practices in essential skills assessment and instruction in pro­grams such as literacy and essential skills upgrading, pre-trades training, employment prepara­tion programs, community-based programming, GED and college preparation. (The GED tests–general education development–provide adults who did not complete a formal high school program the opportunity to demonstrate high-school level knowledge and skills.)

Tammy Webb said: “For me personally, this conference really reinforced that the MNO is on the right path in our ability to be able to easily assess a client’s essential skill level based on their occupation goal….” She also suggested that when clients have the appropriate skill set, they can keep working in a job they have a passion for. “Success comes one client at a time,” she added.

“Tammy and I had the opportunity to present to other service providers from across Canada at this conference,” Kristen Stewart commented. “We discussed what the MNO is currently doing to address essential skills when working with clients. I found this opportunity very valuable in the sense that we were able to listen and discuss what other organizations are doing with their clients. I also gained more knowledge about essential skill levels in general and how to ensure we are setting our clients up for success.”