ERIC Number: ED367778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Workplace Literacy in Illinois. A Private Sector Report.
Illinois Literacy Council, Springfield.
A workplace literacy survey was developed and distributed to 4,104 private-sector businesses throughout Illinois to gain a complete and statistically reliable profile of workforce literacy programs. Employers returned 1,340 usable responses. Findings indicated that 53 percent of Illinois firms reported a need to upgrade employees basic skills, yet only 24 percent of the firms provided such training. Companies provided basic skills training for employees primarily because they were aware their work force was unable to meet new and changing job requirements. Basic skills training in private sector firms was largely company financed; 18 percent received public funds to supplement private training dollars. Companies frequently used a combination of educational providers to organize and instruct their workplace literacy programs. Approximately 70 percent of companies with workplace literacy programs reported that half or more of the employee participants improved their abilities to efficiently and competently perform required job tasks. Employers judged workplace literacy programs that provided instruction in reading, writing, math, and communication for native English speakers more effective than programs that provided instruction in English as a Second Language. Recommendations were made for employers, other stakeholders, the Illinois Literacy Council, and Secretary of State Literacy Office. (Appendixes include information on methodology and Secretary of State Workplace Literacy Resources.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Literacy Council, Springfield.
Note: Prepared by the "Promoting Literacy in the Workplace" Committee.