Building Integrated Skills – a Model for Action (1992)

In the early 1990s, workers in the unionized sector of the British Columbia construction industry were finding that changing technology required them to read more difficult materials and to use more complex mathematical concepts. SkillPlan was developed in March 1991 to improve workers' basic skills to meet the demands of the new technology.

SkillPlan, the British Columbia Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council, was established with start-up funding from both the federal and provincial governments.

It defined basic skills broadly in order to make the training relevant to as many workers as possible, and avoided the word "literacy" to escape the stigma sometimes associated with that term.

SkillPlan staff began by conducting a needs assessment by using literacy task analysis to determine training paths for workers. As well, staff established links with educators and educational bodies to gain their input into plans for basic skills development.

The SkillPlan umbrella covers a wide range of initiatives, intended to appeal to the broad range of potential users within the industry. Some initiatives are geared toward trades trainers, with the objective of heightening their sensitivity to basic skills requirements among trainees. Others are aimed directly at workers, both on the job and training sessions.

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