Quinte and District: 05.01.18 The 29th Annual PLAR Conference – HR Edition

6 Hours

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Starts:05/01/2018 8:00 AM

Ends:05/01/2018 4:00 PM

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Loyalist College

Belleville, ON


$166 for members | $199 for non-members


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Quinte and District: 05.01.18 The 29th Annual PLAR Conference – HR Edition

Keynote-  Behavioural Interviewing – 2 Hour Presentation – Sherry Barron

The best way to identify candidates who have characteristics, essential behavioural traits and the right motivational matches needed for your open job is Behavioural Interviewing. In the very best interviews, the candidate in unaware of the behaviour the interviewer is verifying. There is a lot of upfront work that goes into properly setting up your interview so that it is successful and effective. 
Today’s Behavioural Interviewing session combines easy to understand concepts with immediate application methods.  This session is designed to give you and your organization the knowledge of how to create your behavioural interview questions, conduct your interview and structure your weighted interview matrix. Additionally, Sherry will teach you how to present your questions and read your candidates body language for truth or deceptive gestures that will give you extra insight into your candidate’s motivation. 

By The End Of This Session You Will Be Able To: 
Prepare Effective Behavioural Interviewing Questions
Set The Interview Process Up Correctly – Reduce The Chances Of A Bad Hire Or Losing The Right Candidate
Understand The Foundation Behind Behavioural And Value Based Interviewing 
Understand Benchmarking, Behavioural Selection And Behavioural Interpretation 
Learn How To Develop A “Competency Profile” For Each Position And Successful Candidate
Quickly Find Hidden Qualities That Show You Have A Great Candidate 
Spot Characteristics That Could Cause You Problems Down The Road
Learn How to Rank, Score and Weight Your Questions
In 6 Steps- Change Existing Predictable And Overly-Structured Questions Into Effective, Fresh And Powerful Fact Finding Questions 

Session 2: An Introduction to the World of PLAR   Mark Gallupe & Rose Marie Reid

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR) has been around in Canada since the late 1970's. And despite the fact that every province and territory has implemented PLAR to SOME extent it remains largely underutilized. And yet it holds such promise for adults seeking recognition for their formal, informal and non-formal learning. PLAR can be a bridge to education and employment that can be beneficial to everyone. The knowledge gained from this session will help HR practitioner’s better assess applicants in the recruitment process as well as positively impact organizational development by helping current employees reach and demonstrate their potential.

This session will offer an introduction to Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

The learning outcomes for the presentation:

1. Define prior learning assessment and identify the assumptions upon which it is based.
2. State the uses of PLAR and the benefits derived from using it.
3. Review the variety of assessment methods used in PLAR.
4. Identify some examples/case studies of past practice.

The presenters will provide time for a Q & A. They will also outline what they will be covering in the PLAR Practitioner session the following day

11:45- 12:30  Catered Lunch  

Session 3   Portfolio Development, a Practical Tool for Assessing Employability Skills  - Paul Zakos and Elizabeth Nicholas, CHRP/CHRL

A portfolio is a formal document with many applications. Its contents include learning acquired from a variety of formal and informal learning experiences over an individual’s lifetime. Portfolio can be used for a variety of purposes including request for formal credit and recognition for an individual’s learning from experience related to specific employment competencies and qualifications.

This workshop will highlight a portfolio structure and process that will enable individuals to identify and document existing employability skills and knowledge and to develop plans to fill any gaps. 

The Employability Skills as articulated by the Conference Board of Canada will be integrated into a self-assessment tool which enables individuals to assess their own skills using a rating scale and to provide documentation (proof of competence) in the various categories.  Employability skills fall into three general categories:
1. Fundamental skills – skills needed as a basis for further development, 
2. Personal Management skills- personal skills, attitudes and behaviours that drive one’s potential for growth,
3. Teamwork Skills – the skills and attributes needed to contribute productively. 

Employers in Quinte Region and indeed provincially and nationally have identified a general lack of several of the employability skills as a major concern in the hiring of entry level workers in many industries. 
Learning outcomes for this workshop will include: the demonstration of ways in which portfolio-assisted assessment can be used to help workers, through the compilation of an Employability Skills Portfolio, to identify and document existing employability’s skills and design a concrete plan to fill any identified gaps. This process encourages and supports workers in taking greater responsibility for managing their existing skills and knowledge development and taking the initiative in charting a new course in career development.  

Session 4 - Using Stories to Attract the Best Workforce – Chantal Fraser

 Chantal Fraser, Empowered Path Inc        
Crafted to meet the needs of HR professionals and employers, it highlights how employers can be more inclusive in their hiring practices by recognizing prior learning.

Experiencing difficulty attracting a workforce that reflects your organizational culture?  If so, you’re not alone!  Many employers are finding it increasingly difficult to wade through job applicants - even when using technology to assist with the process.
Job seekers examine information from many sources during their search.  The stories you share help them decide whether or not to apply.  In order to attract the widest range of candidates who meet your essential requirements, showcase how transferable skills, previous work and volunteer experiences are acknowledged and valued by your organization.
Learn tips and techniques that can help your organization create engaging stories that reflect your workplace culture and help you attract the candidates you’d like to hire.

Training Objectives:
1. Learn why you, and other leaders in your organization, should share success 
2. Learn how to use success stories to attract the candidates you’re looking for. 
3. Learn how to highlight that your organization values transferable skills, work 
    and volunteer experience, as equivalent to formal education.   
4. Learn the importance of using the right terminology in your stories. 
5. Learn tips and techniques you can use to craft stories that reflect your 
    organization’s culture.

Session 5 -  Attracting the Next Generation of Talent

Engage with the next generation of skilled professionals to gain an understanding
of what a good job really looks like to them and how you can attract prime
candidates to your organization. How to bring PLAR into your social media

The Loyalist College Career Centre and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
Fellowship are pleased to facilitate a discussion and collaboration with some of
their top graduating Weston Fellows and their peers.

Training objective 
This session will provide employers with a unique perspective and allow them to
strengthen their job posting and recruitment strategies. 

Speaker bio(s)

 Sherry Barron

Sherry Barron

Sherry Barron is known as the "Business Behaviourist" because of her proven approach to affect change in morale and productivity in the organizations she helps. Sherry has taught over 20,000 people and worked with many companies across North America. Her portfolio includes essential soft skill topics such as leadership, project management, stress management, time management, conflict resolution, people management, human resources law, behavioural interviewing and train the trainer. As an experienced and successful entrepreneur, she has built and led multi-million dollar companies. Sherry shares her tenacity, enthusiasm and business knowledge with other professionals, enabling them to do the same. Sherry is a master communicator, a body language expert, a former certified fraud examiner and private investigator as well as a recognized international keynote speaker. Sherry knows that to motivate and empower individuals and corporations she must give them the knowledge and tools in a way that is fun, useful and easy to integrate into their lives. Sherry will leave you with the excitement to stand up and stand out in today’s world.

 Jeremy Braithwaite

Jeremy Braithwaite

Jeremy Braithwaite – Project Lead, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship program. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree from Cape Breton University, Manufacturing Engineering Technician Diploma and Mechanical Techniques Certificate from Loyalist College. He also holds Advanced Parametric Modeling, iLogic, and Vault Certification from Autodesk University, Project Management Certification from Queens University and is a registered Mechanical – Draftsperson with the Ontario College of Trades. In 2008 Jeremy was employed by Beclawat Manufacturing and evolved to Engineering Project Lead throughout his time with with Beclawat. In 2011 Jeremy became the Welding and Manufacturing Technician for Loyalist College and in 2013 became a full-time professor in the Manufacturing Engineering Technician program at Loyalist College. In the spring of 2014, Jeremy became the Applied Project Coordinator for the School of Skills and Technology and in 2015 began his current role as Project Lead of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship – an initiative to support building awareness and student success in Skilled Trades and Technologies. Jeremy is the Chair of the Skills Ontario Competition’s Mechanical CAD (Computer Aided Design) competition, Co-Chair of the Skills Canada National Committee and is the World Skills Trainer for Team Canada's Mechanical Engineering CAD competitor.

 Suzanne Chantal Fraser

Suzanne Chantal Fraser, President

Chantal Fraser - On retiring after a 28-year career as a human resources officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, Chantal Fraser founded Empowered Path Inc. Chantal Fraser is a confident speaker who teaches others by sharing real life stories to illustrate her points on a range of topics. Chantal provides a wealth of knowledge on Inclusion, Diversity, Mentoring, Leadership, Career Transitions, Networking, and Work Life Balance. For example, Chantal helps organizations become more inclusive by advising how they can attract, hire and retain people from under-represented groups. Each talk is tailored to the audience. Completely bilingual, Chantal presents in English, French and bilingual format. In addition, Chantal Fraser coach’s individuals going through career transitions and offers personalized business coaching. Her goal - to help individuals, communities, and businesses thrive. Chantal Fraser has a CEGEP Déclarât in Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from le Collège Militaire Royale du Canada. She has a Masters of Business Administration from the Royal Military College of Canada and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Joint Command and Staff Programme.

 Mark Gallupe

Mark Gallupe

Mark Gallupe is a professor in the Social Service Worker Program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. Over the years he has worked closely and extensively with his colleagues Paul Zakos and Rose Marie Reid on many projects involving adult learning practice, prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR/RPL), portfolio development and adult learner friendly institutions (ALFI). Their work has taken them across Canada, South Africa and Chile. Mark is a PLAR/RPL Advisor and Assessor at Loyalist College and a PLAR/ RPL Assessor with Athabasca University in Alberta, Canada. For over twenty five years he has attended and presented at the Annual PLA Conference in Belleville as well at the annual CAPLA conference.

 Lyndsay Kerik

Lyndsay Kerik

Lyndsay Kerik: A graduate of Loyalist College and Athabasca University, Lyndsay Kerik works full-time within the Career Centre at Loyalist College. Lyndsay is also a part-time faculty member teaching Career Prep classes in Media and Human studies programs

 Elizabeth Nicholas

Elizabeth Nicholas, CHRP, CHRL, Career Transition & HR Consulting / Employment & Education Coordinator/HR Suppor

Elizabeth Nicholas, CHRP/CHRL, is the Employment and Education Coordinator, Human Resources Support for the Trenton Military Family Resource Centre. She combines her natural passion for empowering others with more than 17 years of professional employment and educational counselling, a background in marketing and is a certified human resource leader to help members of the military community to successfully aspire and attain their transitional goals. Credited with building two Portfolio courses uniquely designed for the military spouses and military members who are medically releasing, Liz loves to share the process and celebrate the successes along the way!

 Rose Marie Reid

Rose Marie Reid

Rose Marie Reid is a professor in the Child & Youth Care program at Loyalist College. She has worked extensively with colleagues Paul Zakos and Mark Gallupe on many PLAR related initiatives.

 Paul Zakos

Paul Zakos

Paul Zakos, has been actively involved in adult education, program and policy development, training and human resource development for almost 40 years. Having designed and implemented education and training materials for adults in formal education settings and in the workplace. He has acted as an advisor for the development and implementation of federal and provincial policy in relation to prior learning assessment and recognition and adult learning. Having begun practicing PLA in 1979 when he was the coordinator of the Social Service Worker Program at Loyalist College in Belleville, he has since helped develop and implement PLAR and adult learning policies, practices and resource materials at the federal level and in several provinces across Canada. He has also conducted similar work internationally in the United States, South Africa and Chile working with a variety of stakeholder groups and individuals to improve services to adult learners. Paul has authored and co-authored three PLAR guidebooks-one for adult learners and two for PLAR practitioners (advisors and assessors). He has also written numerous articles on PLAR and adult learning. He is currently a member of the newly formed board (2017) of the, International Indigenous Recognition of Prior Learning Collective. He was a founding director of the Canadian Association for Prior Learning Assessment (CAPLA) and its first president from 1994-2002. Paul was seconded to First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) from Loyalist and spent 26 years there as Manager of the PLA and Program Department. FNTI was CAPLA’s birthplace and its first home until 2002 when CAPLA assumed a more independent stance.

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