ERIC Number: ED351452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Building Integrated Skills--A Model for Action.
British Columbia Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council, New Westminster.
When changing technology required that workers in the unionized sector of the British Columbia Construction Industry be able to read more difficult materials than had previously been necessary and to use complex mathematical concepts on the job, it became evident that a new approach was called for, and SkillPlan was developed in March 1991 to improve workers' basic skills. Established with start-up funding from both the federal and provincial governments, the program defined basic skills broadly in order to make the training relevant to as many workers as possible and avoided the word "literacy" to escape the stigma sometimes associated with it. On the SkillPlan staff were an executive director, administrative support people, a skills analyst, a research director, and an adult education advisor. The skills analyst conducted a needs assessment and determined training paths for workers by using literary task analysis. The research director established a database called Word Find--a tool for trainers that is a lexicon of construction terms and definitions. The adult education advisor established links with educators and educational bodies, counseled trainees, and helped them prepare action plans for basic skills development. The program avoided skill testing, instead building the training around trainees' reasons for wanting it. Courses in English as a Second Language, General Educational Development, writing for work, safety hazards in the workplace (in both English and Spanish), reading strategies, reading, thinking, and problem solving have been offered. (CML)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Basic Skills, Building Trades, Construction Industry, English (Second Language), High School Equivalency Programs, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, Problem Solving, Program Development, Reading Instruction, Safety Education, Workplace Literacy, Writing Instruction
BC Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council, 404-737 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, British Columbia V3M 5X1 ($3 Canadian, plus shipping; 10 or more--$2 Canadian, plus shipping).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council, New Westminster.
Identifiers - Location: Canada