Literacy and the 40+ Worker (2002)

Research Project - Final Report

This is a report on a six-month research project that was conducted in the Niagara region of Ontario to determine the literacy needs specific to the over-40 job seeker in this community that must be addressed to remove them as barriers to employability and employment. The co-relationship between increasing age and lower level of literacy skill is well documented. For mature workers of Niagara to become or remain employable in response to the changing demands of the labour market of the new millennium, it is essential to upgrade, maintain and continuously improve their literacy skills.

In addition to determining the literacy needs of this group, the authors of this report also offer recommendations for a practical and realistic action plan to address these needs and bring down the barriers. Job seekers, employers and other community partners in the study were included in this study.

This pilot project specifically addresses high priority issues as identified in the Niagara Training and Adjustment Board Local Area Action Plan June 2000 and Environmental Scan Update September 2000 as well as issues identified in the IALS research documents and recently published research document "Literacy Risk Index for the Niagara Region."

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