other employers what they use for their WEP and learn from their
successes. You may find that others have already found
solutions to problems with WEP development and delivery that you
are currently facing.
about hiring, preparing,
retaining, and advancing of low-skilled, low-wage workers in the
workplace through the Workforce
Innovation Networks (WINs). Through WINs,
Center for Workforce Preparation supports peer-to-peer
leadership development and capacity building of local chambers
through technology and other resources.
Partners of the 21st
Century Skills Community Network post best practices,
strategies for reaching goals and measuring results, and
government resources online to enhance education, skills,
training and lifelong learning for adults in local communities.
The Awards for
Excellence in Workplace Literacy showcase exemplary
workplace literacy programs in Canadian organizations.
Look in the Ideabooks for past winners and top
contenders in small, medium and large business categories.
This article looks at how to
decide which training medium to use, whether online,
classroom, or blended. Employers can learn from the experiences
of others and see how blended learning can save time and money.
is an individualís ability to read, write and speak in
English, and to compute and solve problems at the necessary
levels. According to the National Workforce Assistance
Collaborative, the most effective workplace literacy programs
share many common traits.
PPL Corporation, a
Fortune 500 company, designed a customer-service training
program that used technology as a tool, not a replacement
for other methods. Instead, program delivery methods included
instructor-led training with mentors, Web-based self-study, and
The bottom line on training
budgets is to ensure you're funding the right efforts to
keep your company competitive and get it to its future goals. A
business-strategy approach also helps safeguard your training
budget from being cut.
A new report by the
Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy shares the views of
adult education practitioners and researchers on tools
and standards for building and assessing quality adult
This recent report
on joint labor-management educational programs uses best
practice examples to show the key design elements as well as the
benefits and impacts for organizations, unions and individual
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A new report from
WINs on hiring, retaining and advancing front-line workers serves
as an HR guide for small and mid-sized employers. The report,
based on real company experiences, is available for free from
the Jobs for the Future web site, under Workforce Development.
One company shares its training
success story using e-learning. In addition to saving $1
million on training during the first year e-learning was
implemented, the company says that the real value came from
improved customer service.
teachers share what they believe other teachers need to know in
order to teach in the workplace in this article. The
changing workplace, educational philosophy, program design,
teaching practices, and the context of the workplace are
This article discusses how
retailers, who are often
faced with high employee turnover,
rely on e-learning to deliver training. Shorter online courses
are more convenient and cost effective than traditional
classroom training for these employers.
Literacy: Creating a Sustainable Workplace
Literacy Program is
a recent report that
provides information and advice for action to employers working to create,
improve and evaluate successful workplace literacy
Profiting from Literacy
The Small Business Training
Network, sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurial
Development, is a virtual campus housing free training courses,
workshops and knowledge resources designed to assist
The Working for America
Institute, in consultation with unions and labor-management
partnerships in advanced manufacturing, has developed a list of
the most pressing workforce challenges affecting the sector.
ISO standards help to
ensure processing quality, safety, reliability, efficiency and
interchangeability in the delivery of goods and services. The
widespread adoption of International Standards means that
suppliers can base the development of their products and
services on specifications that have wide acceptance in their
Working it Out is a
recent study that examines how community colleges across the
country successfully deployed the resources of the Workforce
Investment Act to benefit their students, local employers and
their communities. Challenges met and solved are featured
A new report for the National Commission on Adult Literacy
describes various aspects of current workplace education
programs in 20 states. It examines program funding;
partnerships; strategic plans; measures of success and future
This is an evaluation of a
project at York College which aimed to analyse gaps in
provision and resources of financial literacy, investigate
the literacy, numeracy and financial capability needs of the
learners, develop and pilot innovative ways for
learners to improve their literacy and numeracy, and develop new
English Language at Work:
Work-based English for Speakers of Other Languages is a
collection of informative case studies from different sectors
and industries in the U.K. The booklet was produced by the
Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Programs in the Workplace:
How to Increase Employer Support is a new report from the
Canadian Council on Social Development. It examines approaches
to workplace literacy training in Canada that have proven
effective in engaging employers in workplace literacy
Invisible No Longer is a report
that explores a wide variety of workforce development practices
that address skills shortages in health care. The report focuses
on emerging lessons and investment pay-offs of workforce
development efforts aimed at entry-level health care workers.
A report on the Sectoral Employment
Initiative shares the results of targeting industries,
training workers and improving opportunities for
Literacy in the Workplace: a
series of five fact sheets cover the issue of literacy as
a right and proven advantages for workers, employers and
governments as well as best practices in measuring
Online Learning for Adults: Factors
that Contribute to Success is a resource describing
information on institutional factors needed, effective
instructional practices and online learner
In-house Literacy, Language and Numeracy Initiatives in
New Zealand Workplaces
is a new report on
levels of literacy, language and numeracy in
employer-funded workplace training in New Zealand.
12. Local Perspectives on WIA Reauthorization
reports on local
programs and institutions identified as providing
exemplary "adult education for work" services.
Working Together describes the many forms that
business-adult education partnerships can take, the
bottom line and philanthropic advantages to partnering,
and practical steps for getting involved.
Effective Employer Engagement: The
Year Up Model: With an eye
toward informing the larger workforce development field,
this report looks at how successful programs engage
employers in the education and training of young adults.
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Last updated: September 2, 2010.