Consultations in Carbonear
Aging workforce needs attention: Literacy group
As Newfoundland and Labrador’s workforce ages, so do the needs of the people employed in the province.
Census data from Statistics Canada shows the number of people in the province’s workforce grew to almost 249,000 in 2006 from 246,000 in 1996.
In the same time period, the number of people aged 15 to 44 in the workforce shrank by just over 30,000, while the number of people aged 45 and above grew by almost 33,000 people.
In order to examine the changing workplace and literacy skills needed by older adults, as well as the needs of business and industry employers, the Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council is conducting province-wide consultations and focus group sessions.
Entitled Essential Skills Literacy Training: Tools for Older Adults, the project is being spearheaded by Linda Collier, a Bay St. George resident and council facilitator.
Collier will be in Carbonear Wednesday, April 29 conducting public consultations for Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council’s Essential Skills Literacy Training Tools for Older Adults project. She will be meeting with the local members of Bayshore Literacy Council on Wednesday evening. While in the area Collier would like to get input from the business community and plans to hold a discussion group for business/organization representatives at midday (lunch provided) at Bethany United Church Hall in Carbonear. To register for this group, contact Collier at 709 649-3765.
“The whole project is based on developing a new training package that’s going to address workplace and literacy essential skills in older adults,” said Collier.
“There’s a gap in the (education) system for older adult training and not only that, in our own (Laubach) programming, what we found is over the years, we’ve just been addressing the basic skills like reading, writing and basic math - whereas now you need more in terms of computer use, and not only your own computer, but bank machines, everything is computers.”
As an example, she said a mechanic working in this province years ago wouldn’t need computer skills, but might now need an upgrade in their computer skills to help them stay competitive in the workforce.
Collier said once the consultations are complete, the data will be processed and then tutors will be able to offer expanded essential workplace and literacy skills training to those who need it.
For more information, or to inquire about completing the questionnaire oneself, contact Collier at 643-6699 or firstname.lastname@example.org m. The council’s website is www.nald.ca/nlllc/
Linda Collier is heading up a province-wide project to look at the literacy needs of the province’s aging workforce. She will be in Carbonear this week for meetings and public consultations.