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This report, presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB) in September 2011, includes a summary of activities for 2010-2011; a report from the organization’s president; a financial statement; and a message from the coalition’s honorary patron, writer Sheree Fitch.
Among the highlights of the year was the completion of the Building Capacity for Family Literacy Project, which included six round table sessions and two sessions involving conversations with parents.
In April 2011, the LCNB held its first writing contest. The theme, “Lifelong Learning: the Future of New Brunswick,” was chosen to tie in with International Adult Learners Week, April 2-9. Twenty submissions were received and prizes were awarded to five adult learners.
The year also included the first meeting of the Provincial Literacy Partners group, which is made up of representatives from the LCNB; the Fédération d'alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick (FANB); the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD); and the Workplace Essential Skills and Community Adult Learning Programs of the New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. The goal of the group is to ensure good communication among those working in the field of literacy and Essential Skills.
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This issue’s lead article focuses on the award received by Winnipeg-based Bristol Aerospace for its efforts in workplace literacy. Bristol implemented its Adult Basic Education (ABE) program in 1995. To reduce the amount of time required to complete some of the training program, Bristol adopted Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), which allows employees to challenge for credit for skills they already possess, then take only the courses required to complete a certification process. The award was presented by the National Literacy Secretariat, Human Resources Development Canada.
Another article describes plans by the Alberta Food Processors Association (AFPA) for a labour market study, using Statistics Canada data to profile workforce demographics and conducting interviews with industry representatives to define future trends in the industry. The project also includes an inventory of training programs in the sector and an essential-skills needs assessment.
The issue contains an item about personnel changes at SkillPlan, the British Columbia Construction Industry Skills Improvement Council. There are also reviews of publications dealing with the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system in the food-processing industry; and with a good-practice framework for analysing workplace education programs.
Authors: Kurtis Kitagawa
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 workplace education program at Durabelt Inc., a small manufacturing company in PEI. When deficiences in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills on the shop floor started to affect Durabelt's productivity, the company approached Workplace Education–PEI for assistance in developing a skills development program for its employees.This case study looks at various aspects of this successful workplace learning program, including the program's development, challenges, keys to success and benefits for both employees and employers.
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