Building Successful Partnerships for LBS Coordinators Managers

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BUILDING SUCCESSFUL
PARTNERSHIPS FOR LBS
COORDINATORS/MANAGERS
How to make and keep communications open and working
for successful programs.
WHAT KIND OF PARTNERSHIPS ARE
IMPORTANT FOR LBS?
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Employment Service (ES) Agencies
Ontario Works Supervisors & Case Workers (OW)
Ontario Disability Support Services (ODSP)
Local Secondary School Guidance Department
Aboriginal Liaison at Local Post Secondary and
Secondary Schools
Contact North (Online Courses: P. Sec & Sec. Sch.)
Sioux Hudson Learning (Good Learning Anywhere)
Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC)
Apatisiwin Employment & Training & Career Dev.
LET’S TAKE ONE PIECE AT A TIME!
Employment Service (ES) Agencies:
 Why are ES agencies so important?
MTCU/EO has made partnering with ES agencies a
deliverable and a priority to ensure smooth transitions
for our learners from training/education to
employment.
ES agencies need us to make their targets and we need
them for the same reason.
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
ES agencies have people with expertise in areas LBS
might not have and we can use this to our advantage.
We can request a FREE ES delivered workshop at our
location on any number of subjects from: Resume
Writing; Cover Letter Writing; Portfolios;
Employment Standards; True Colours; Job Search
Skills; Apprenticeship Programs, etc. Be creative!
LBS & ES can each count the attendees of these
workshops as their own.
EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
We can help ES by offering their clients:
Assessment; Literacy skills & training; Educational
resources; Pre-G.E.D. Programs; Computer Skills
Courses; Life Skills; Financial Literacy; Health Literacy;
Essential Skills for the Workplace; and the so many
other skills necessary to obtain employment.
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COMMUNITY SERVICES
ODSP AND OW
LBS are not allowed to charge fees for delivering
MTCU funded services to our learners.
This does not mean we cannot charge fees to deliver
“boutique” style programs marketed to OW/ODSP
clients only.
LBS can deliver Beginner’s Driver’s Education Course;
Employment Transition; Life Skills; Cultural Art/Craft
Therapy; and so many more sold specifically to OW
clients and charge a fee for doing so!
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ONTARIO WORKS (OW)
Regional Supervisors: If possible, find out who the
Supervisor is for your Region. Ask her/him: “Where are
you sending your Aboriginal clients who require literacy
training?”
 Talk to the Case Workers on the phone and get to know
them, invite them to your location.
Hold an Information/Outreach Session for your local OW
office at your location. Offer to host OW Team Meetings.
Suggest they meet their clients/your learners at your
location so you can advocate for learners and establish a
good line of communication at the same time.
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ONTARIO WORKS (OW)
Ask if they hold “Showcase” events and get on their
invite list. OW offices hold these events to introduce
Case Workers to local services. Bring promotional
goodies, they love them!
Inquire who to send your own event flyers to; each
OW office has a central person who will distribute
information to all. This is a good way to get your
program known to your local Case Workers.
Send business cards, brochures & event flyers. Send
invites to cultural events. Be creative!
SCHOOL GUIDANCE DEPARTMENTS
Get to know the Guidance Teacher/Manager at the local
schools. Send your flyers; brochures, etc. informing them
of your services.
Students who need extra tutoring or are falling behind
can use your instructor and you can charge for this
service.
We have assisted students suspended from class or who
have been off sick to stay current or catch-up in their
studies by working with the guidance office.
Let the school know how you can help their students.
Offer cultural programs. Be Creative!
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ABORIGINAL LIAISON
Post Secondary Schools have an Aboriginal Liaison
position, get to know them.
 Invite them to your location, they will enjoy
promoting their school to your learners and you can
showcase your program to them.
 You can offer a Post Secondary school transition
course for learners and offer it to Secondary School
students too.
CONTACT NORTH
Contact North may have an office close to you, if not
you can still use their services online.
We cannot officially offer Secondary School credits to
learners, so our program offers this service through
Contact North’s Online Services.
Establish communication with your local office and
work on a Referral Protocol that is good for both of
you.
Students use our location, our computer/internet
and we are available if they need any help with their
assignments.
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SIOUX HUDSON LEARNING/GOOD LEARNING
ANYWHERE
 E-learning courses for your learners that will help your own
time management. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel, use
this blended learning tool to help learners progress.
 Learners will enjoy the interactive learning with other
learners and great instructors.
 Good Learning Anywhere offers a wide variety of courses to
choose from and they follow the MTCU/OALCF guidelines.
Establish a Referral Protocol with them and how progress is
reported to you and the learner.
 You both get to count the learners and their progress. Your
learners get experience with digital technology while learning
another subject. Bonus!
ONTARIO NATIVE
LITERACY COALITION (ONLC)
ONLC is the Support organization for the Native
Stream programs, along with your local Literacy Link
Network they are funded by MTCU.
ONLC gives support if your program is having
problems in any way, if you need help with
programming, reaching your targets, communicating
with your MTCU/ETC (Employment & Training
Consultant).
ONLC’s website has training resources for new and
intermediate practitioners; webinars, etc.
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ONLC
ONLC provides training opportunities for
practitioners
 Provides networking opportunities for practitioners
through conferences, webinars and other sources.
ONLC is an advocate for Ontario Native Literacy
stream and the government policy-makers and our
funders.
Be sure to contact ONLC if you are having problems,
need resources or just to have that open line of
communication.
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APATISIWIN EMPLOYMENT &
TRAINING/CAREER DEVELOPMENT (C.D.)
PROGRAMS
Apatisiwin & C.D. programs are a good resource for
co-programming and can be a source of funding for
your learners, if they qualify.
 Our literacy program, C.D. & Apatisiwin often coprogram and we share learners/clients.
Every learner in our literacy program works with C.D.
to create a resume, go to workshops for job search
skills, mock interviews and career development.
Apatisiwin can help provide funding for training and
some educational choices for learners.
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These are some of the partnerships that have worked
for our LBS program. I am sure you may have more
suggestions to add.
As I said, be creative and look at what is available in
your area, things may be very different for you.
Possibilities are endless!
ANY QUESTIONS AND / OR COMMENTS WELCOMED:
PLEASE CONTACT MARIE : [email protected]
OR ONLC.
Webinar Created by:
Marie Belliveau
LBS Program Coordinator/Instructor
at Niagara Regional Native Centre
for ONLC.ca
April 2014

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