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"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

Confucius


Workplace Family Literacy Project Announces
Three Pilot Programs
Brooks • Taber • Edmonton

The two-year Workplace Family Literacy project is exploring how family literacy programs can provide additional dimension to workplace literacy and essential skills programs. Building on the research done in the field of workplace literacy, this project is reviewing a range of options for programming and suggestions for adapting current family literacy programs for workplace delivery.

An environmental scan of the business sector was conducted by Leger Marketing to measure the current levels of awareness of the impact of literacy on the economy, the variety of workplace literacy programs being used, and the types of partnerships that exist between this sector and literacy organizations.

The information from this environmental scan and the input from literacy organizations across the province are being used to develop and implement three pilot programs for the project.

The Taber and District Adult Learning Association in partnership with Lucerne Foods is developing a series of workshops tailored to meet the interests of the employees and the ages of their children. Topics include sharing books, reading with school-age children, developing math skills, literacy in the environment, and child development.

The Centre for Family Literacy in partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will offer a Books Offer Our Kids Success (B.O.O.K.S.) program at the Electrical Industry Training Centre in Edmonton. Union members who participate in the program will learn how books, games, and activities support literacy and numeracy skills in their children.

Lakeside Packers in Brooks will present the third pilot using their own Human Resource staff who attended the Centre’s Family Literacy Training Institute in August to supplement their knowledge. They will also use the B.O.O.K.S. program as a starting point for engaging their workers in family literacy.

Having three pilots adds value to the research carried out during this project, and having three such diverse pilots will provide rich information on the feasibility of adding family literacy to the workplace.

 


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