Essential Skills

Want the Competitive Edge? Literacy in the Workplace (2007)

Literacy and basic skills are critical to the success of every business yet millions of Canadians do not have the literacy skills necessary to meet the increasing demands of the modern workplace.

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2009-01-22

Awards for Excellence in Workplace Literacy, Small Business Winner, 2005: Textiles Human Resources Council and Stedfast Inc.: Bringing Skills Development and Knowledge Management to the Workplace (2005)

The Conference Board of Canada's education and learning case studies series examines outstanding education and lifelong learning programs and initiatives. This case study looks at the Skills and Learning Sites program developed by the Textiles Human Resources Council, a non-profit partnership of textile companies and organizations that brings together textile producers, unions, suppliers, government departments and educational institutions.

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2008-12-09

Contextualizing Learning: Insights from The Prince George Hotel (2005)

The Conference Board of Canada's education and learning case studies series examines outstanding education and lifelong learning programs and initiatives. This case study highlights the workplace education program in place at the Prince George Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The hotel's program focuses on English as a Second Language, academic upgrading, business writing and communication.

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2008-12-09

Breaching the Access Barrier: Developing and Retaining Talent at Palliser Furniture (2002)

The Conference Board of Canada's education and learning case studies series examines outstanding education and lifelong learning programs and initiatives. This case study focuses on the essential skills program at Palliser Furniture, a Winnipeg-based manufacturer of wooden and upholstered furniture.

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2008-12-04

Awards for Excellence in Workplace Literacy: Large Business Winner, 2002: Palliser Furniture (2002)

The Conference Board of Canada's education and learning case studies series examines outstanding education and lifelong learning programs and initiatives. This case study highlights the workplace education program in place at Palliser Furniture, a Winnipeg-based manufacturer of wooden and upholstered furniture. Since 1987, Palliser has demonstrated a continuous commitment to developing employees’ essential skills.

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2008-12-04

Trading Up: Getting Ready for a Hairstyling or Electrical Apprenticeship Program (2002)

This resource concerns the Assessment of Apprenticeship Candidates Project by the Project READ Literacy Network. The goal of this project is to adapt the existing Project READ LBS Referral Assessment package for use with two identified apprenticeship trades in co-operation with the appropriate industries and the members of the Project READ LCPP Committees.

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2008-12-01

Employability Skills 2000+ (2000)

This pamphlet by The Conference Board of Canada introduces Employability Skills 2000+, a program that emphasizes the critical skills employees need in the workplace. These skills include communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviours, adaptability, working with others, and science, technology and mathematics skills. This pamphlet describes each of these skills and how they can be used in the workplace and beyond.

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2008-11-25

Awards for Excellence in Workplace Literacy, 2004 Winner: Essential Skills: The Dofasco Way (2004)

The Conference Board of Canada workplace education case studies series highlights businesses that demonstrate effective practices in encouraging and supporting workplace learning. This case study features the Essential Skills Program at Dofasco, a steel manufacturer located in Hamilton, Ontario, employing 7,400 permanent employees. In the early 1990s, economic pressures prompted significant restructuring at Dofasco.

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2008-11-25

Literacy in the workplace: a series of five fact sheets (2008)

This resource about literacy in the workforce consists of the following five fact sheets:
- Introduction - literacy is a right
- Proven advantages for workers, employers, governments
- Labour’s vision for government support
- Best practices
- Measuring success - program evaluation, essential skills, TOWES

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2008-11-19

Workbook 2: A day on the job (2004)

The workbooks in the Skills at Work series are for adults in upgrading programs who are preparing for work. In Skills at Work, learners read about different kinds of jobs and the skills needed to do these jobs. The workbooks help learners see links between the skills they may already have and the skills they need at work and illustrate how skills can be transferred from one job to another.

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2008-10-23

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