Literacy Lost

Literacy Lost

Literacy Lost

Date posted: January 17, 2019

Literacy Lost: Canada’s Basic Skills Shortfall is a new report from the Canada West Foundation. Written by Janet Lane and T. Scott Murray, this report uses PIAAC data to describe the shortage of literacy skills in Canada and why that matters. Here’s the introduction:

Workplaces are changing quickly. Machines or algorithms are replacing some tasks, and new and changing jobs require additional technical skills. To keep pace with these changes in current and future jobs, the ability to keep learning is the most important basic skill for any job. Because literacy is the most important “learning to learn skill,” Canada’s workforce requires high levels of literacy. However, many Canadian workers have poor literacy skills.

 It then makes a number of recommendations on how to reduce literacy skills shortages, including embedding literacy in all workforce education and training initiatives for all working-aged adults.

Canada’s provincial, territorial and federal governments are rapidly turning attention to the skill gaps in the economy and looking for the best ways to build them in the working-aged population. The solutions they implement will not succeed unless they also incorporate building literacy skills. Improving the literacy skills of Canada’s workforce – and putting them to full use – will close the skills gap and improve productivity.

These quotes are just a sample of what you’ll find in this 28 page report. Read the full report here.

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