ERIC Number: ED445265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Workplace Education Campaign and Needs Assessment, 1996/97. Final Report.
READ Saskatoon (Saskatchewan).
Education and training in the workplace are quickly becoming survival tools for most organizations because their operating environments change constantly. Traditionally, many employers have looked externally to employ individuals with specific skills who can adapt to changing products and processes. Upgrading the skills of present employees was not seen as the best alternative. In the coming years, however, the external environment will not supply the number of qualified people needed. Fewer young people are entering the work force, leaving employers with fewer options for recruiting qualified people. A campaign in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, aimed to increase the Saskatoon business community's awareness of workplace literacy and present it as a worthwhile business practice. An assessment of the need and desire for workplace education programs in Saskatoon was also conducted. The research revealed that Saskatoon businesses are not hampered by basic skills deficiencies--at least not to the extent that action must be taken. Employees are eager to learn; employers are willing to train, but skills development is not a priority on business agendas. Target areas of training identified by respondents presume an existing foundation of basic skills, with areas such as computer skills and customer relations skills cited as targets for training. No specific actions can be recommended at this time since the point to take action has not been reached. However, any efforts to maintain awareness of the benefits of workplace education, particularly to small businesses, are well expended. (Contains 9 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Continuing Education, Developed Nations, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Job Skills, Literacy Education, Needs Assessment, On the Job Training, Outcomes of Education, Skill Development, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: READ Saskatoon (Saskatchewan).
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Saskatoon)