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Job Seeker, Labour Market

What is Literacy?

Literacy may not be what you think it is.

In fact, the definition of literacy changes to reflect the context in which literacy skills are used.

ReadingEssentially literacy is “the ability to understand and employ printed information in daily activities at home, at work and in the community – to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” – The International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)

According the Literacy Network of the Durham Region (LiNDR) everyone is a learner and all learning is valued.

Literacy supports employability by laying the foundation for future training and re-training and helps develop Essential and Soft Skills.

The Essential Skills base includes reading, writing, document usage, math / numeracy and computer usage. Working with others, speaking / listening, critical thinking and continuous learning are considered Soft Skills.

Literacy can result in a higher income as well as increased confidence and motivation, a love of learning, contentment, fulfillment, accomplishment and satisfaction.

Learn more by hearing LiNDR’s Executive Director, Jenine Agnew-Kata speak about the need for literacy.

Find out how LiNDR can support you.

Read Employment E-News – September 2015 – A Need for Critical Thinking.


About Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre

Whether you're looking for a job, or wanting to hire new skilled job ready employees , the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre can help. Locations in Pickering and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.


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