The bottom line, No. 14 (2002)

January 2002

This issue focuses exclusively on BHP Billiton Diamonds Incorporated’s Ekati Diamond Mine, located in the Barren Lands of the Northwest Territories. It outlines the company’s commitment to building a sustainable Aboriginal and Northern workforce, while dealing simultaneously with the low literacy skills of a significant portion of the pool of available employees.

The company began by developing essential-skills profiles for its entry-level positions, then used this information, along with the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES), to develop a customized “pre-assessment TOWES” for identifying learning gaps.

The company’s training department took on many initiatives, including computer-based learning; a leadership development program; and the establishment of an apprenticeship program.

The department points to the establishment of its Workplace Learning Program (WLP) as its greatest achievement. The guiding principle of the WLP is safety. A third of the company’s Aboriginal workforce struggles with reading simple documents; teaching these employees to read is vital to keeping them safe. The program promotes flexibility and inclusion to meet the needs of both learners and the workplace.

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Western Canada Workplace Essential Skills Training Network (WWestNet). The bottom line, No. 14 2002. Web. 30 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/bottomline/no14/no14.pdf>
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