Pockar Masonry: The Form a WES Program can Take (2013)

Private Sector Case Study

When Calgary-based Pockar Masonry found that changing technology and demographics meant changing skill requirements, it turned to Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES), a nonprofit organization dedicated to building an adaptable and innovative workforce.

Like many construction companies, Pockar had a diverse workforce, with both new and experienced workers; employees with a variety of literacy skill levels; and many employees whose first language was not English.

AWES and Pockar partnered with the Alberta Construction Association and Alberta Employment and Immigration to find a Workplace Essential Skills (WES) solution to the challenges. The project started with a comprehensive workplace needs assessment, including interviews and focus groups with all levels of workers in their company. The AWES team also did a review of their workplace documentation and other literature.

Several key initiatives were launched, starting with the establishment of workplace communication classes that involved both oral communication and written communication for workers not fluent in English. Other training sessions focused on communicating in a diverse workplace.

Other initiatives included computer training for supervisory positions; math tutoring for bricklayers; and the production of an orientation video for new employees, accommodating non-English speaking workers and workers with low levels of literacy.

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2014-04-09
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Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES). Pockar Masonry: The Form a WES Program can Take 2013. Web. 8 Jul. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/awes/awes_sector_cs/pockar_masonry/pockar_masonry.pdf>
Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) (2013). Pockar Masonry: The Form a WES Program can Take. Retrieved July 8, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/awes/awes_sector_cs/pockar_masonry/pockar_masonry.pdf
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