Conference Report and Resource Guide
WWestnet conceived and organized Expo 06 in an effort to engage businesses from across western Canada in an essential skills event that would focus on best practices in the development, delivery and assessment of integrated workplace based training initiatives. Expo 06 showcased workplace projects and programs that integrate essential skills development into training and daily work. The series of hands-on workshops was framed by a keynote presentation by Dr. J. Myers of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and a closing address by Yvette Souque of the National Literacy Secretariat.
Delegates were able to choose their own learning paths by selecting four of eight possible workshops to attend. These workshops were hands-on sessions that addressed some of the proven ways businesses, often in partnership with unions, approach essential skills training. The format generated interest and excitement about training that incorporates essential skills.