Strength from Within: Overcoming the Barriers to Workplace Literacy Development

The Conference Board of Canada, 26 pages, April 4, 2003
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Improving workplace literacy isn’t easy—but it is rewarding. For practical advice on setting up or sustaining a literacy program, read this report.

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Employers say literacy training enhances employee performance and helps employees transfer successfully between jobs, departments, and business units. It improves teamwork, self-confidence, and problem-solving skills, and increases initiative, they add.

Yet most employers do not operate a literacy training program. Many are unfamiliar with the benefits a literacy program confers or how to start and operate one.

This report helps employers who have or are thinking about starting a literacy program. It explores common barriers and provides solutions and links to resources, including experts, that prepare the reader for action.

Based on a statistically valid, national survey and supported by in-person and telephone interviews, the report summarizes the findings of a two-year, federally funded research project. Companion pieces include a literature review, an on-line facility, a brochure, and a series of best practice case studies.

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