ERIC Number: ED343998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-31
The Skills Enhancement Training Program. Performance Report.
Food and Beverage Workers Union, Local 32, Washington, DC.; Employers Benefits Fund.
This report describes a joint labor-management workplace literacy program called SET (Skills Enhancement Training) that targeted the more than 2,000 unionized employees of food service contractors at U.S. government institutions in Washington, D.C. Nineteen classes were offered and a total of 191 people self-selected themselves into the program. Classes were scheduled to be held after work for 2 hours twice per week for 18 weeks. Locations includes work sites and the office of the Food and Beverage Workers Union, Local 32. Workplace literacy instruction included reading, mathematics, writing, and hospitality skills needed on the job. One hundred and four participants completed classes and received $200 training incentive bonuses from their employers. The program's 10 teachers were recruited from local adult education programs. The proposal listed 20 objectives falling into the general categories of curriculum development, assessment, recruitment and counseling services, teacher training, delivery of instruction, demonstration of partnership, and project dissemination. The program met its objectives in all these areas, and also developed onsite support from supervisors and union officials and made suggestions to companies for continuing the programs. Two recommendations were made: (1) to increase program length past 18 months; and (2) to change the rules of competition for renewal applications so that they would compete only against other projects applying for refunding and not against those applying for the first time. (Dissemination activities and program statistical information are appended.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Employer Employee Relationship, Federal Programs, Food Service, Hospitality Occupations, Job Training, Literacy Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Skill Development, Unions, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. National Workplace Literacy Program.
Authoring Institution: Food and Beverage Workers Union, Local 32, Washington, DC.; Employers Benefits Fund.