COSTI Immigrant Services seeks an experienced curriculum writer to update the existing on-line training modules and expand the IT trends and Social Media modules for the Enhanced Language Training (ELT) program for Internationally Trained Professionals in the Information Technology sector. COSTI aims to enhance the existing modules with up to date information and to expand the content to include a range of all IT professions (e.g. software developer, software engineer, computer network technician, user support, etc.).
The ELT program combines sector specific workplace language training (Canadian Language Benchmark Levels 7 to 9) with employment preparation and work placement for foreign trained professionals. Participants in the ELT program are newcomers who have been foreign trained and intend to either re-start their careers or channel their job search efforts toward related occupations and professions to which their skills can be transferred. The goal is to assist participants in accessing gainful employment and job maintenance. On-line training modules are an integral component of the blended learning environment of the ELT program. They supplement in-class learning by providing relevant information on the professional sector and interactive activities for participants to enhance the language and communication skills in preparation for the workplace.
The ELT program is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Maximum $6,000 Project Funds
Scope of Work and Deliverables
The Consultant(s) retained for this project will:
- Update pre-existing online curriculum; re arrange course modules to be in line with COSTI’s online ELT courses in Accounting/Finance, Teaching and Customer Services
- Incorporate adult education principles and teaching English as a Second Language principles
- Enhance and develop course overview including specific goals and objectives for each weekly module
- Update curriculum to incorporate current reading materials, resources and links, audio and visual aids where appropriate, as well as language and terminology exercises / forum discussions / quizzes and assignments for each weekly module, and develop online lessons to reflect module material.
Update the existing on-line training modules the areas of:
- Orientation to the workplace (i.e. Canadian workplace culture and expectations, labour market information, National Occupational Code, employee’s rights and responsibilities)
- Essential Skills for various Information Technology sector and alternative careers
- Professional accreditation, language requirements, credential assessment and prior learning assessment
- Language for Job Search (e.g. networking, resumes, cover letters, interviews, thank you letters, etc.)
- Standards of practice and professional associations
- Sector Terminology and Workplace Communication in the IT Environment
- Communication with Clients in a Multicultural Environment
- Job Search and Job Retention
- Expand module 7 - IT trends and Module 9 -Social Media to increase content and the number of links to useful Websites.
- Modules for Week 1 to Week 3 to be completed by February 19, 2018
- Modules for Week 4 to Week 5 to be completed by March 3, 2018
- Modules for Week 6 to 9 to be completed by March 16, 2018
- All supporting documentation and additional references to be completed by March 30, 2018
- Review existing online training modules to identify gaps for curriculum enhancement and updates
- Write curriculum directly into Moodle targeting participants at Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) levels 7 to 9
- Each weekly module will include reading materials, resources and links, audio and visual aids where appropriate, as well as exercises and activities to check participants’ understanding and to assist participants in improving their sector terminology use and workplace communication skills
- Each weekly module will include a variety of activities that will appeal to different learning styles
- All online course content will be appropriately stored within folders and files and will include lists of all links, with a brief description, used in the course
- Include and provide complete references for all cited materials
- Follow copyright law for citations, audio and visual materials and use of images
- Provide weekly updates on the progress of the project via emails
- Meet with the Language & Skills Training General Manager as needed for progress monitoring and course adjustments
- Journalize experience and keep track of time spent on each major deliverables
In preparing for a submission, all bidders must contact the Language & Skills Training General Manager, Janet Hallett at Janet.Hallett@costi.org to obtain a temporary enrollment key and review the existing ELT for Information Technology online training modules. The existing content and format are the basis upon which the RFP work will build.
In submitting a written response to this RFP, consultants will:
- Outline their understanding of the project goals, objectives and deliverables and set out their proposed work plan to achieve same. The work plan should include any qualifications on scope of work projects to be delivered and limitations on revisions/edits
- Provide reference examples of comparable assignments conducted and contact information for two clients for phone references
- Provide a CV for yourself / your firm referencing the scope of your consulting practice and professional specialties
- A total and breakdown in fees showing time attributed to each work item and related client communication/consultation and the applicable daily rate. A proposed schedule for fee payments should be included including all applicable taxes
- This call assumes the consultant will work out of his/her own business premises. COSTI will arrange access to the website as required
- A statement confirming availability for the project period of February 5, 2018 to March 30, 2018
The submission deadline is Tuesday February 15, 4:40 p.m. with delivery by mail or email to the attention of:
Janet Hallett, General Manager, Language & Skills Training Services, Toronto and Peel
COSTI Immigrant Services
North York Centre 1700 Wilson Ave Toronto
Ontario M3L 1B2
The selection committee will review submissions, select and if deemed necessary, interview semi-finalists based on their comprehension of the project goals and objectives, relevant past experience and cost. Reference checks will be made on the finalist before offering a contract. COSTI may choose not to accept any consultant from those submitting and is not bound to select the lowest bidder.
All work products and research developed for this project will remain the sole intellectual property of COSTI.