The Workplace/Workforce Literacy Symposium Report
Other Workplace/Workforce Development Groups
- More important than asking if there is space for people to work together would
be to ask how this can happen. There is no question that a partnership is needed.
There is also a need to work at the regional level. How we work with existing
organizations and networks is important. The OLC is well positioned to work on
partnerships at the provincial level. The symposium must result in concrete
- Ontario’s diversity influences how we can proceed; we shouldn’t generalize about
the state of literacy programs in the province. The issue has to be connected to
the political agenda. One way of achieving this would be to get business to see its
vested interest in literacy.
- Funding is critical to bringing the right people to the table. All parties need to be
present. We must find innovative ways to bring people to the table; this cannot
be done as an “add-on” for people who already have busy jobs. Approaches to
business must be based on an understanding of its needs and wants.
- A model with longevity is needed. It must be sustainable following the
implementation of a labour market agreement and in the event of a change in