Research shows clear economic benefits to workplace literacy, but this message has not yet reached many Canadian workplaces1. There are positive returns from investment in training, although the nature of the returns may vary among employers and workers. Research shows that general training has greater effect on worker productivity than specific training2.
Employer returns on workplace/essential skills programs include3:
Improved literacy is connected with increased GDP. A 1% increase in average literacy skills could lead to 1.5% increase in GDP per capita – three times the return from physical capital investments. There are good reasons for governments and employers to take action.
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