improve their basic skills they do better in
Participating in Job-Specific Training
in Job-Specific Training
in Job-Specific Training
For employees, the
gain in basic skills also means unexpected benefits.
Basic skills not only improve the targeted skills but
also improve the likelihood of receiving further
job-specific training. This point is significant since
numerous studies emphasize the links between training
and higher income and job opportunities. WEPs improve
the capacity of employees to learn new skills and new
ways of doing things. They improve the confidence
employees have in their ability to enhance their
job-specific skills and deepen their understanding of
how that can help them to be more successful in the
Employees Citing Benefits Relating to
Improved Job-Specific Skills
Some 70 per cent of
employees interviewed felt that participating in WEPs
led to improved and quicker results in job-specific
training. Nearly 60 per cent said that WEPs caused more
people to take part in job-specific training.
Basic skills improve
the likelihood of receiving further job-specific
training. In fact, one employee noted that her company
has made it mandatory to be concurrently taking ESL or
high-school equivalency classes while taking any
job-specific training. Another employee stated that it
is important to take job-specific training if you want
to advance in her organization and that managers and
supervisors are required to take a minimum of forty
hours of training each year.
Improved basic skills
give employees the opportunity and confidence to
participate in further training and education courses.
One employee who spoke no English when he began his WEP
started with the goal of just learning some English. But
that initial program led to his participation in many
other types of training such as quality control, report
writing, and people skills. He now works in the same
manufacturing company as an educational trainer and
instructs new employees on company policies, rules,
regulations and safety, and how to operate machinery and
equipment. The increased awareness that he and other
employees expressed of their improved ability to handle
on-the-job training is immediate.
doing the algebra classes, when I went on to do an
electronics course at the community college I had to
learn scientific notation. But having the basic math
skills, I felt comfortable in taking on the
challenge of learning this. With the skills I have
learned I am more confident and able to think
Large Eastern Hospital
In addition, because
many organizations are making a push towards
cross-training, employees observe that people who have
taken part in WEPs are more easily trainable and thought
to be more open to change.
training definitely helps with other training. It
improves overall listening and speaking skills, so
that I am able to learn faster and better. For
example, there was hazardous chemical training that
was not part of the grant. But the skills I learned
in the grant training helped me to understand the
hazardous chemical training. It also gives me a
better image—that I am willing to do new things
and learn new things."
Large Midwestern Hi-Tech Company
WEPs improve the
capacity of employees to learn new skills and new ways
of doing things. Employees speak of being able to
"dive in" to other training because they are
less afraid to try new things. One employee explained
that she was able to participate in a three-day
leadership training course that had a lot of team
problem solving exercises requiring good communication
and English skills-skills that she did not have before
here WEP course. Other employees note that on-the-job
training results are quicker—"People are learning
in three months what used to take them six months!"
key thing about learning is that it gives you a
comfort level that improves your ability to keep
learning new things."
Medium-sized Southern Foundry Casting Company
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