This report describes a pilot project developed to help laid-off workers in western Ontario gain the computer skills needed to help them find new jobs.
The College Sector Committee for Adult Upgrading (CSC) was chosen to create a computer curriculum that included labour market research and used an Essential Skills approach. Seven community-based literacy agencies and one school board were enlisted to deliver the 60-hour course to workers referred by Labour Adjustment Committees in nine Western Region communities of Ontario.
All participants who were surveyed after completing the course said they would recommend it to others. Labour Adjustment Committee staff reported improvements in participants’ self confidence, in addition to the specific skills acquired.