Partnerships in Learning

Adult Workers' Engagement in Formal and Informal Learning (2008)

Insights into Workplace Basic Skills from Four UK Organisations

This report presents four cases that have been drawn from a larger longitudinal study which analyzes the immediate and longer term outcomes of workplace-linked interventions designed to improve adult basic skills.

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2008-06-26

The Value of Formal and Informal Training for Workers with Low Literacy (2008)

Exploring Experiences in Canada and the United Kingdom

In the study presented here, researchers investigated the formal and informal training activities of basic level employees using a qualitative multi-site case study research design. For this purpose, researchers selected seven programs from Canada and four programs from the North and South of England from small, medium and large businesses.

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2008-06-20

The Interplay Between Formal and Informal Learning for Low Skilled Workers (2008)

Project Description and Methods

The project presented in this report had three objectives: The first objective was to trace the learning paths, trigger events and decisions that lead basic level workers to become engaged in both formal and informal training at the workplace.

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2008-06-20

Connecting Research with Policy (2008)

The Learning Paths of Low Skilled Workers

In this booklet in the Connecting Research with Policy series, three key findings relating to learning and low-skilled workers are described. Below each finding, a brief paragraph entitled "policy implication" discusses what the key finding means in terms of workplace policies. The key findings discussed in this document are summarized as follows:

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2008-06-12

Case 7 : Fish Plant Workers Responding to Globalization in North Sydney, Cape Breton (2008)

Because of increased competition, diminishing fish stocks, and a rising Canadian dollar, many fish plants in Atlantic Canada have had to down-size or even close completely in recent years, laying-off hundreds of workers.

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2008-02-14

Case 6 : The Synergy of Formal and Informal Training in the Workplace (2008)

This case study looks at the workplace learning programs available at Palliser Furniture Ltd, the largest furniture manufacturer in Canada, with over 1200 workers worldwide. For this study, the author focuses on programs the company offers in basic computer skills, manufacturing and leadership, and high school upgrading in English and math.

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2008-02-14

Case 5 : How Formal and Informal Training Complement Lifelong Learning for Professional and Personal Growth (2008)

This case study focuses on employees of the Dofasco steel plant located in Hamilton, Ontario. Dofasco has created and fostered a learning culture by providing some of the most progressive training programs in the industry, such as the Dofasco Essential Skills Program, which offers learning opportunities for employees in the areas of reading, writing, computers, and other essential skills.

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Case 4 : The Interconnectedness of Formal and Informal Training (2008)

This case study involves nine employees at a High Liner Foods frozen seafood processing plant in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, who participated in an advanced communication program offered at the workplace. The data for this study comes from these workers as well as adult education instructors who shared their thoughts, experiences and observations about learning.

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2008-02-14

Case 3 : The Value of Informal Learning in the Workplace (2008)

This case study examines the connection between formal and informal job-related learning through the experiences of workers in a manufacturing setting. It intends to demonstrate how learning transfer for both formal and informal learning contributes to continuous improvement in an organization. This study took place in Nova Scotia at Elmsdale Lumber Co. Ltd.

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Case 2 : How Formal and Informal Training Are Connected and Blended (2008)

A warehouse located in Edmonton, Alberta and belonging to Uni-Select, a leading distributor of auto parts in North America, is the site of the workplace program for this research project. Uni-Select offered an essential skills training program to several company employees after determining that these employees would benefit from upgrading their skills before using a new warehouse management system.

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