ERIC Number: ED462541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Investing in Workers' Basic Skills: Lessons from Company-Funded Workplace-Based Programs.
Levenson, Alec R.
This monograph, written for persons interested in promoting company-funded workplace basic skills programs, addresses the following 13 key issues: (1) companies' rationale for investing in workers' basic skills; (2) the factors that need to be in place for a workplace basic skills program to be adopted; (3) who in the company makes the decision to fund a program; (4) the relationship to the company's philosophy on training; (5) the learning center model; (6) the role of external grants as potential seed funding sources; (7) the relevance and difficulty of showing a direct bottom line impact from a basic skills training program; (8) tailoring the program to the needs of the business and its employees; (9) long-term sustainability; (10) the pros and cons of confidentiality, scheduling and release time, and location; (11) the role of computer-based learning; (12) the curse of unmet expectations (both the company's and the employees'); (13) lifelong learning and the limitations of workplace-based programs. Recommendations are made to basic skills practitioners, companies, and policymakers; nine company-sponsored basic skills programs are profiled. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Basic Skills, Cost Effectiveness, Curriculum, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employer Employee Relationship, English (Second Language), Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, On the Job Training, Program Development, Program Implementation, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Workplace Literacy
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Volume V, Number 1.