Series: WWestNet's The bottom line
This issue includes an article about a partnership between Bow Valley College (formerly Alberta Vocational College – Calgary) and educational institutions in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, the project combines skills-based technical instruction with hands-on entrepreneurial experience. Canadian labour representatives are also involved in the project.
Another article focuses on the development of a skill-assessment tool called the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES), which assesses individual ability in textual reading, document use and quantitative literacy.
A distance-education workplace-writing course is the focus of another article. Flint Canada, an Alberta-based contractor with satellite operations around western and northern Canada, chose to use email as the link between instructors and participants in the program.
Other articles discuss the Alberta Federation of Labour’s worker literacy project and the City of Calgary’s newly opened employee education centre.