ERIC Number: ED399409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Basic Skills at Work. A Strategy To Help Improve the Competence of the Workforce in England and Wales.
Basic Skills Agency, London (England).
The aim of the Basic Skills at Work Program was to help improve the competence of the work force in England and Wales in basic literacy, numeracy, and communication skills. Of the 82 Training and Enterprise Councils (TECs) in England and Wales, 73 participated. Surveys of basic skills requirements as perceived by local employers indicated that very few jobs could be done without competence in basic skills and particularly in reading and oral communication. Employers showed a considerable demand for higher-level basic skills in jobs that were far from the top of the labor market. Results of the second stage of the program that looked at the supply side indicated that much basic skills instruction did not directly address the needs of the workplace or the needs of particular jobs. Forty pilot projects were sponsored to address some of these needs, with partnerships between 37 TECs and local basic skills providers, in most cases colleges of further education. Some 300 companies participated in these projects where basic skills training was delivered to around 7,400 employees. A study of the effectiveness of the projects showed that in nearly three quarters of the projects work continued after program funding stopped. Where the TEC had a high level of involvement in the project, the likelihood of the work continuing in some form was much higher. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Advisory Committees, Basic Skills, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Literacy Education, Numeracy, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, Workplace Literacy
Basic Skills Agency, Commonwealth House, 1-19 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1NU, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Basic Skills Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)