ERIC Number: ED337623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-28
Reference Count: N/A
W.E.S.T. Pilot Project. Final Report.
O'Gorman, Lori A. Stinson
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labor (SFL) conducted a Workers' Education for Skills Training, or WEST Program, to upgrade its membership's basic literacy skills. The purpose of the WEST Program was to develop, ensure access to, and build support for a workplace literacy program designed to meet the diverse needs of affiliates' members. Six Saskatchewan workplaces were targeted for pilot WEST Programs. During the early part of the project, promotional activities and materials, including posters, buttons, and workplace informational meetings designed to minimize the stigma attached to illiteracy were developed and tested. Thirteen workers, representing the six workplaces, were released from their jobs to participate in 14 days of intensive residential training. Upon completion of their first 11 days, these participants/course leaders received certification from the SFL to return to their workplaces to initiate programs. When their programs were running, they were brought back to the residential setting for an additional 3 days of training. Twelve programs, with from 3 to 10 participants, were implemented; 52 workers were registered. All participants wanted to improve their reading and writing skills, 46 also wanted to improve their mathematics skills, and 20 expressed a need for English-as-a-Second-Language education. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, Regina.