Workplace Wednesday: Embedding Literacy & Essential Skills
Date posted: April 2, 2014
The Embedding Literacy & Essential Skills in the Workplace project investigated strategies for developing sustainable practical workplace literacy initiatives embedded into work environments. The goal of this BC project was to make literacy and essential skills a part of the workplace, not a separate training session or one-time event.
At the heart of this idea are the following facts:
• Everyone in the workplace is learning all the time.
• You rarely have enough time or money to really support the learners who commit to a learning program.
• CEOs and managers are working on problems that can often be addressed and improved by examining the literacy and essential skills practices in the workplace.
Action research was conducted in three work environments: corrections, healthcare, and Aboriginal friendship centres. The final research report t/outlines the overall project and its evaluation framework. This is followed by reports from each sector: the situation prior to the project, results of a literacy audit in the workplace, and an exploration of the integration of literacy and essential skills in the work environment.
For practitioners interested in using this approach to workplace literacy, this project also developed a guidebook, Embedding Literacy & Essential Skills: Lessons from our research. It offers four main lessons with lots of examples of what worked (and didn’t work) in this project, and includes tools to use while working on embedding literacy in the workplace.
To borrow print copies of these two resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org