ERIC Number: ED376340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Finding the Missing Link: Expanding the Role of Literacy Councils in Workplace Education. Final Report.
Mundie, Karen; Joyce, Michelle
A project created a model for literacy councils that would allow them to form working partnerships with small businesses and provide instruction based on the needs of both the employer and the employee. Fifty employers received Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC) program information by mail; 20 participated in a workplace survey. Three companies began a GPLC workplace program. Findings indicated most companies did not provide basic skills training. Only half of the employers felt they had a need for this kind of training. Cost was not a factor. Most hourly employees would like to improve their basic skills; math and spelling were most often mentioned. All the companies interviewed would prefer an outside provider to do basic skills training and most thought that linking small business training with literacy council services was a good idea. A model for creating a workplace program was designed that simplified the complex steps involved in creating a workplace program. It proposed that, for literacy councils to implement workplace programs successfully, they must do the following: know their resources; know the company's educational problems and concerns; form a support team with the company to work together on mutual educational goals; be a sensitive, creative, and flexible team player; provide high quality services; and document student progress in a way that is valuable to the company as well as the student. (Appendixes include survey results, sample cost determination, and magazine article about the survey.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.
Authoring Institution: Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, PA.