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Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Unit (ALBSU) Newsletter, n49 insert Sum 1993

The Norfolk (England) Local Education Authority (LEA) undertook successful collaborations with employers, voluntary organizations, and the health service. Many employers were willing to invest in basic skills training for their employees in work time and in the workplace. They were more receptive if a need had been identified or employees had problems with new procedures or systems. Short courses were offered because employer cost was relatively small and goals were attainable, achievements measurable, and progress quantifiable. The Norfolk LEA also involved employers in the retail industry in provision of basic skills training for women. Factors that led to success were integration of basic skills in a preemployment training program and real workplace situation, materials, and training. Factors that caused difficulties were cramped store training rooms and attempts to balance basic skills and other training. Providing basic skills within the voluntary organizations' training program proved an effective way of reaching a new audience and delivering basic skills in a relevant and accessible way. Nine young women in the Great Yarmouth Young Women's Project enrolled in an education program that offered basic skills. A joint project with the Norfolk Health Authority improved access to health education and basic skills training through increased awareness of health staff, health staff training, advice on material simplification, and a program of short courses and sample sessions. (YLB)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Adult Basic Education, Agency Cooperation, Basic Skills, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Educational Cooperation, Employer Employee Relationship, Females, Foreign Countries, Health Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Development, Program Implementation, Staff Development, Voluntary Agencies, Womens Education, Young Adults

Autor: Mearing, Andrea


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