ERIC Number: ED355377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Narrowing the Skills Gap: Workplace Literacy Programs in Canada. Final Report.
Ottawa Univ. (Ontario).
This report documents, in case study format, eight workplace literacy programs in Canada. Introductory materials highlight conclusions and discuss reasons for undertaking the project to document the Canadian experience in basic skills training from the perspective of the employer and employee and program design. Each case study or program profile describes the major factors involved in developing and sustaining basic skills training under the following categories: a program sketch, company background, human resource policy and issues, program description, services and training delivered, decision making about the program, impact of the program, barriers to implementation, policy influences, and advice to others planning a similar program. The following section discusses factors that lead to success in workplace education programs: broader perspective of education and learning, combined commitment, dynamic organizational structures, innovative programs, marketing and recruitment, meaningful support services, and funding resources. The final section summarizes advice to other companies planning similar programs under six major thoughts for consideration: a program grounded in a philosophy of practice, being responsible and responsive, participation and partnerships, communication and trust, taking the risk, and supportive services. The following programs are profiled: (1) Skills Enrichment Program--Ottawa General Hospital; (2) WEST (Workers Education for Skills Training) Program--Saskatchewan Wheat Pool; (3) Catalina Workplace Education Program--Fishery Products International; (4) Learning in the Workplace Program--Canadian Pacific Express and Transport; (5) Basic Skills Upgrading Program--SkillPlan; (6) Workplace Education Program--Dominion Bridge; (7) Basic Skills Education Program--Sucre Lantic; and (8) SeaGull Pewter and SilverSmith Ltd. Contains 44 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Univ. (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada