April 2014

Presenter Name(s): 
Philip Swann, Associate Director of the Training Group at Douglas College
Boris Palameta, Senior Research Associate at SRDC

The Workplace Training Program (WTP) was an innovative program designed to provide training opportunities to lower-skilled individuals working in the retail and food & beverage sectors throughout British Columbia. Funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training (JTST) as part of the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement (LMA), the initiative successfully delivered training to over 1,200 employees in the Retail and Tourism sectors and improvements were seen in Essential Skills (ES) as well as job performance and business results for employers.

Join Essential Skills Ontario for our webinar – The Workplace Training Program in B.C.: Outcomes and Learnings – April 29 from 1:00-2:00PM ET - hosted by Philip Swann from The Training Group at Douglas College and Boris Palameta from Social Research Demonstration Corporation. In this free, one hour webinar, participants will:

• Learn about the program and the ground level operations of the project
• Be provided insight into the successful application of Essentials Skills methodology
• Learn about the research model and findings from the project

There will be time for questions at the end of the webinar.

Webinar Title: 
The Workplace Training Program in B.C: Outcomes and Learnings

Philip Swann is an Associate Director of the Training Group at Douglas College. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manchester, UK and is a Certified Human Resources Professional with over 10 years experience in program management, curriculum design and evaluation.
He managed the Workplace Essential Skills project and led the BC initiative for Upskill. Phil has designed, and evaluated training programs to meet operational needs for companies in Canada and other parts of the world including; Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Since joining SRDC in 2007, Boris Palameta has analyzed a variety of labour and social datasets, contributed to the design of laboratory experiments and demonstration projects, conducted comprehensive literature reviews, authored a policy position paper on future challenges to Canada’s student financial assistance system, and co-authored three major reports on one of SRDC's large-scale demonstration projects. As a former senior analyst with Statistics Canada, he is well versed in quantitative methods and has considerable knowledge of labour and social data sources. His areas of interest and expertise include behavioural economics, human and social capital development, labour market transitions, and immigration issues. Boris holds a Ph. D in Behavioural Sciences from University of Cambridge.

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Webinar Date: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1:00pm