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programs focus on the literacy and basic skills training
that workers need to gain new employment, retain present
jobs, advance in their careers, or increase productivity.
Curricula are developed by educators working with employers
and employee groups to determine what reading, computation,
speaking and reasoning skills are required to perform job
tasks effectively. Successful efforts to institute workplace
education programs require strong partnerships among
educators, employers, and employees.
Most workplace education
programs throughout the United States have been established
without direct Federal assistance. Large businesses and
industries frequently establish their own programs. Small
organizations may pool resources to establish centers where
training designed for a particular type of industry can be
The Conference Board
ScorecardforSkills.com, with financial support from
OVAE, to help organizations measure and demonstrate the
relationship between their workplace education
investments, including workplace basic skills, and
measures of organizational performance.
Special Collection. The National Institute of Adult
Literacy supports a variety of workforce education
services via its nationwide LINCS system.
Planning Literacy and Language Services for Texas' Limited
English Proficient Workers: The Devil is in the Details.
A guide for program design: planning, implementing, and
sustaining workforce-related education programs.
Turning Skills into
Profit: Economic Benefits of Workplace Education Programs
PDF (79.5K). Research project from The Conference
Board on the economic benefits of improving literacy
skills through workplace education programs.
Workforce Skills Certification System. Nationally
validated system that develops and trains adult education
practitioners in the use of Workforce Learning System and
Employability Skills assessment processes produced by
Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS).
Improvement Network. The network assists adult basic
education providers in developing a system of services for
employers and incumbent workers in order to integrate
those services with Pennsylvania's workforce development
This Workplace Readiness
PDF (451K) can be used as a first step for local adult
education programs considering a workplace education
Success Stories in Workplace Basic Education for Small
Business. Information about the importance of
workplace education and examples of where programs have
worked (from Canada).
Employees' Skills: How to Get Started.
From Illinois, this guide helps employers make decisions
about investing in a workplace education program.
Workforce Improvement Network. This site provides
resources to adult educators and employers to support the
development and expansion of customized foundational basic
skill instruction for the state's workforce.
Learning. OVAE-sponsored project that provides
information, research, data, and tools to employers,
unions, and adult educators for developing, implementing,
and evaluating state-of-the-art workplace education
The Institute for Work
and the Economy and DTI developed "Workplace Education
Program Profiles in Adult Education"
MS WORD (97K) to highlight six workplace education
program models that are worthy of consideration or
consultation for continuous improvement purposes.
Helping Job Seekers Who
Have Limited Basic Skills
PDF (2.06MB) is a guide for Workforce Development
Professionals for developing a comprehensive adult
learning program. Designed primarily for One-Stop Career
Center staff, it also can benefit adult education programs
seeking ways to partner with workforce leaders.
Consortium for Worker
Education. Offers a variety of employment, education,
training, and retraining programs for union members,
dislocated workers, and public assistance recipients.
Learning for Life: Workforce Literacy. Texas website
with information about literacy and specific resources for
implementing workforce education programs.
Learning Conference. Website with information on the
2003 Workplace Learning Conference, where employers,
unions, educators, trainers, government partners, and
others met to discuss the latest techniques, trends, and
technologies in workplace learning.
Work-Related Learning Guide for Family Literacy and Adult
Education Organizations. This guide provides concrete
assistance for family literacy and adult education
organizations that are considering ways in which work and
learning can be integrated in their educational programs.
Access to site requires free registration.
Revised Policy Memo (FY 2001-01) Workplace Education Model
Adoption and Guidance (June 26,