ERIC Number: ED337621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Literacy for the Northern Workplace: A Guide for Practitioners.
McKeever, Pam, Comp.
Workplace literacy programs are employer- and/or union-sponsored basic skills upgrading programs for workers and their families. Community-based literacy programs can support workplace programs. Several factors should be considered in Northern Ontario workplace literacy programs: (1) technological change; (2) aging population; (3) outmigration of young people; (4) limited life of some resource-based industries; (5) limited upgrading opportunities for adults; (6) skill level of the work force; (7) legislation; and (8) changing global markets. There are a number of time, cost, societal, and educational issues for both employers and employees when considering literacy programs. The organizational needs assessment (ONA) is the foundation on which a company can build a workplace literacy program. An ONA involves learning about and contacting a company and developing an action plan. There are two main parts of an ONA: the tour of the workplace and the interviews with employees. Once this information is recorded, recommendations and a literacy task analysis may then be prepared. Finally, in setting up a training program, the partners and the trainers must be identified. (A sample action plan and a case study are included. An appendix contains the following: job description for workplace literacy coordinates, time sheet, contact sheet, criteria for choosing instructors, questions for ONA, training needs assessment questionnaire, a paper on what makes northern literacy programs unique, three charts, a quiz on tomorrow's workforce, and a list of sources.) (NLA)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Community Programs, Continuing Education, Daily Living Skills, Educational Opportunities, Foreign Countries, Industrial Training, Job Skills, Labor Force, Literacy Education, Migration, Needs Assessment, Occupational Mobility, Older Adults, Promotion (Occupational), Task Analysis, Technological Advancement, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).; Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Schreiber Terrace Bay Adult Learning Program (Ontario).