ERIC Number: ED335447
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of a Workplace Basic Skills Program: An Impact Study of AVC Edmonton's 1990 Job Effectiveness Training Program at Stelco Steel. Report Summary.
Barker, Kathryn Chang
The pilot Job Effectiveness Training (JET) workplace basic skills program, developed by Canada's Alberta Vocational College (AVC), Edmonton, for Stelco Steel during 1989-90, was evaluated in terms of impacts or changes from the perspective of the four major stakeholder groups: the students (12 Stelco employees); the employers (Stelco management); the institution (administration of AVC); and the government funding agencies. Impacts were determined through structured interviews, with an additional questionnaire for students that replicated portions of the post-program evaluation. The study found at least 54 positive impacts and only 3 negative impacts; of the impacts, 30 were planned and 24 were unplanned. Student impacts achieved included a 20 percent increase in skill levels, retention of increased skills, use of skills learned, greater self-confidence, and a positive attitude toward education. For the employer, JET provided access to a system for upgrading its work force, upgrading some employees, improved communication, and awareness of the importance of basic skills to job performance. AVC outcomes included development of a generic workplace basic skills curriculum, enhanced reputation, experience with nontraditional delivery, and development of a model for interaction with business and industry. Funders' outcomes were development of an innovative literacy project and positive publicity. The study concluded that the project was highly successful for stakeholders and that it was cost effective. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, College Programs, Cost Effectiveness, Demonstration Programs, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries, Inplant Programs, Institutional Cooperation, Literacy Education, Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alberta Dept. of Advanced Education, Calgary.; National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).; Alberta Career Education and Employment, Edmonton.
Authoring Institution: Alberta Vocational Coll., Edmonton.