Whether you prefer “practitioner”, “teacher”, “educator” or another title, L/ES workers are people who hold paid positions* in the Literacy and Essential Skills field.
Our field consists of highly educated, highly dedicated practitioners who value learner-centred approaches and possess significant psychological capital. Generally, we are intrinsically motivated and participate regularly in ongoing training and professional development, demonstrating a personal commitment to the value of lifelong learning.
The participants in CLLN’s Labour Market Study are predominantly female (86%), over 45 years of age (71%), and possess a high level of educational attainment:
- 98% – high school certificate
- 75% – bachelor’s degree
- 24% – master’s degree
Education, recreation, counselling and social sciences are the most commonly reported fields of study (73% altogether)
Nine out of ten practitioners came into the L/ES field from outside. The top three reasons for entering the field are:
- Doing an intrinsically rewarding job,
- Helping others, and
- Enabling people to participate in society more.
Nine out of ten practitioners describe themselves as adaptable, persistent, diligent, resilient and self-confident.
*Although volunteer tutors play an important role in Canada’s L/ES system, they are not included as literacy professionals for purposes of the LMS.