"Workplace education" helps provide a foundation for lifelong learning as people and businesses grow together. Literacy and essential skills are at the core of workplace education. Improving workers' skills creates a more productive workforce, a more competitive economy, and an improved bottom line. From http://abclifeliteracy.ca/workplace_literacy/home
Literacy in the Workplace
Four out of 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 – representing 9 million Canadians – struggle with low literacy. They fall below level 3 on the prose literacy scale (Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALL) Survey, Statistics Canada and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2005).
Individuals with Level 1 and 2 skills are at the most risk of losing their current jobs as a result of technological, process or organizational change, including job losses due to outsourcing. It is unlikely that these individuals have the reading and numeracy skill to cope with the majority of jobs that will replace the jobs that are lost (International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS), 2003).
Maybe your employees can read, write and add but they may struggle with:
Websites and Information for Employers...
For more information contact Bruce Mack at 250-392-6867 or check out these websites:
- Canadian Labour Congress, Workplace Literacy Project – provides support to unions
- CUPE, Literacy in the Workplace – includes labour-focussed fact sheets on literacy
- NALD@Work – the National Adult Literacy Database’s workplace learning page
- Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) -The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) focuses on improving the literacy and essential skills of adult Canadians.
- Projections of Adult Literacy in Canada, from the Canadian Council on Learning - an interactive tool that allows you to calculate adult literacy rates into the future based on variables such as location, immigrant status, age and education level
- Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) - a skill testing and training program developed by Bow Valley College
- Work and Learning Knowledge Centre from the Canadian Council on Learning - created to help ensure that Canadians continue to learn for work and from work, and to improve their opportunities for a successful and fulfilling career
- Action Research in Workplace Education pdf.