Up Skill Athabasca: Providing Essential Skills for the Athabasca Region and the Oil Sands Industry (2012)

Presentation given during The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2012, June 27 - 29, 2012 in Montreal, QC

This presentation offers an overview of a cross-sectoral demonstration project aimed at improving the Essential Skills of workers in the Wood Buffalo region of Alberta, home to the Athabasca Oil Sands.

The authors note that more than 40 percent of workers in the Athabasca Oil Sands region labour pool have literacy skills below what is required by their occupations. The region faces a growing labour shortage and is looking abroad to meet the shortage, meaning that the skill shortage is likely to grow.

The Up Skill Athabasca program will train learners in oral fluency, prose literacy, document literacy, and numeracy. It will have four distinct project streams, aimed at apprentices and non-apprenticed skilled workers in the oil sands industry; Aboriginal people and the non-profit sector; the unemployed and underemployed; and local businesses.

Curricula for the program will utilize multi-modal delivery; focus on individualized learning; and be geared towards specific occupations to ensure relevance.

The presentation was part of the agenda for The Centre for Literacy Summer Institute 2012, held in Montreal, Quebec, in June of that year. The centre supports best practices and informed policy development in literacy and essential skills by building links between research, policy, and practice.

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T. Scott Murray and Janet Lane. Up Skill Athabasca: Providing Essential Skills for the Athabasca Region and the Oil Sands Industry 2012. Web. 17 Jan. 2021 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cfl/up_skill/up_skill.pdf>
T. Scott Murray & Janet Lane (2012). Up Skill Athabasca: Providing Essential Skills for the Athabasca Region and the Oil Sands Industry. Retrieved January 17, 2021, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cfl/up_skill/up_skill.pdf
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