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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.