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March 3, 2015

WLA Training for CLARS Assessment Centres

It’s been a busy time for WLA Training. Ontario’s Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade (MCIIT) provided CCLB with the proposed number of assessors per CLARS centre to be trained on the WLA. In December, CCLB began connecting with each CLARS site to notify them of the upcoming training so they could identify the assessor(s) they would like trained. We have also reconnected with our WLA trainers and held meetings in January to review all training materials prior to session delivery. In February, the first WLA training session was held in Toronto for thirteen participants from the YMCA GTA. The three remaining sessions have been scheduled, for March in Ottawa and Oakville and April in Hamilton. 

The WLA tool is designed to assess English language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 to 10 for placement into workplace-training programs or bridging programs. MCIIT has funded this two-day training session in Ontario for up to 40 CLARS assessors with a goal that there be at least one assessor at each CLARS centre capable of administering the WLA. In some communities, there may be several CLARS assessors certified to administer the assessment, depending on local volume and needs.

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