Research conducted over the last decade shows significant gaps in literacy & essential skills among the Canadian workforce. In addition to having negative impacts on firms’ productivity, research suggests that workers suffer consequences of low literacy in the form of lower wages, reduced job stability & even higher health risks from workplace injury. While anecdotal evidence suggests that LES training may be helpful in eliminating these skills gaps, a strong business case for its use in the workplace has yet to be established.
In light of this, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills aims to fill this gap by evaluating workplace LES training with the most rigorous evaluation methods & helping determine its ROI. Thus, in partnership with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC), the Pan-Canadian research and demonstration project, UPSKILL was launched in 2010. UPSKILL utilized a random assignment design to provide the most reliable measures of the impacts of LES training in the workplace.
Join Essential Skills Ontario May 20 from 1:00-2:00PM ET, for Establishing the Business Case for Workplace Essential Skills Training: UPSKILL - A Pan-Canadian Demonstration Project, a webinar presented by David Gyarmati, SRDC Research Director & Adam Morrison, OTEC’s Director of Project Development. OTEC was one of SRDC’s lead partners in Ontario responsible for engaging employers, recruiting workers & delivering the LES training program. A total of 20 firms and nearly 300 workers were recruited in Ontario for the project.
In this webinar, participants will learn:
• About the project including highlights of the training model & research design
• About the key findings from this groundbreaking evaluation, including the impact on workers’ skills, job performance & the ROI for firms
• About the critical factors that influence training success
• The important implications of this study for employers & literacy practitioners regarding the design and delivery of effective training programs
David Gyarmati is a Research Director with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC). He has over 15 years of experience in conducting social policy research and evaluation in Canada. This includes more than a decade of pioneering work with SRDC in the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale experimental demonstration projects.
As OTEC’s Director, Project Development, Adam leads OTEC’s provincial labour market development initiatives by working with industry government, educators and the not-for-profit sector to integrate and align resources and systems. Adam’s commitment to developing projects that improve collaboration has led to his leadership of organizational research, capacity-building, and sector-level strategy projects at OTEC.