A Manual for Setting up an Essential Skills Program within the Union or Workplace (2006)

Workplace essential skills programs have certain principles of good practice that ensure quality programming. They include: The union is a full partner from the outset in the initiative, including any needs assessment, program design, program evaluation, hiring staff and program delivery. The intent of the essential skills program is not to “fix” workers. The intent is to provide them with the learning they want to meet their lifelong goals and potential.

Participants’ progress is kept confidential. Information about individuals’ progress in the program is not shared with the employer.

Participation in the program is voluntary. The program content is not restricted to workplace content. Participants can enhance essential skills in the context of union, home and community, too.

Program instruction acknowledges participants’ prior learning and respects experience by building on existing skills and knowledge. Programs respect the cultural and racial diversity of participants. Programs are accessible to all. No worker is excluded and programs are delivered at times and places that allow everyone access.

Participants’ varied learning styles are accommodated. Essential skills programs are accepted as training that is like any other training, not segregated or stigmatized. As part of any essential skills development philosophy, clear language is promoted within the organization and the union so that documents can be easily understood by all. Programs are evaluated by learners and others on an on-going basis to ensure that the learning is meaningful and relevant.

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Nancy Steel and Greg Maruca. A Manual for Setting up an Essential Skills Program within the Union or Workplace 2006. Web. 29 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/espmanu/espmanu.pdf>
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