The Workplace/Workforce Literacy Symposium Report
Session Four: Cross-sector Roundtable Discussions
After lunch, delegates from each of the four sector groups sat at each table. During
this session, these “mixed” groups discussed the following questions:
- What are the drivers that have led to active workplace literacy initiatives?
- What could be the role of . . . government? business? labour? the literacy
community? . . . in these efforts.
- What are the ingredients of success?
- What are the challenges?
Highlights from the Roundtables
- Workers asking for assistance as well as unions promoting increased training; an
increased understanding by business of the connection between literacy and
success; unemployed workers and others wanting to enter a highly competitive
- Most recently, the lack of government leadership in the province, resulting in calls
for a forum for business and labour; this symposium is a good start
- Globalization and increased competition; skills shortages and changing skills
- Changing demographics in Canadian society resulting from immigration,
particularly in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA); also the need to work with the
- A concern that many young people lack the skills to succeed in the workforce
- The increase in the number of workplace certifications and standards; an
increasing level of education required for various jobs; the need for clear language