To remain competitive in the global economy, the manufacturing industry continually adopts new technologies and innovative practices. However, many frontline workers find it increasingly difficult to adapt to their changing work environments and to maintain productivity levels.
The Restigouche CBDC is working in collaboration with manufacturing-sector employers, colleges, and others, to develop a solution to these labour and skills issues. The objective of this new project is to design, implement and pilot a sustainable workplace training solution to help improve the labour and skill shortages faced by businesses in the Canadian manufacturing industry.
Skills in Action will be an online portal comprised of a suite of Essential Skills training programs designed to enhance the skill sets of frontline workers. The portal will also include a suite of integrated management tools that will link a business’s human capital development needs with its performance objectives.
The online training will first be pilot tested within manufacturing businesses, involving a total of 360 workers, in five Canadian provinces, as well as in some other training sites with individuals seeking employment in the manufacturing sector.
The portal will include a new training component for coaches who can then help support the other workplace training activities. This component aims to train one or more selected workers from within each business to manage and support the delivery of the training device to their co-workers. This coaching program is being developed in collaboration with the Center for Research and Expertise in Adult Multiliteracy (CREMA) at the Collège Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse, Québec.
The Project’s National Advisory & Collaborative Committee
This national committee contributes to the strategic development of the project, and participates in determining the content within the various training programs, to ensure the portal meets the needs of the Canadian manufacturing industry. This committee includes representatives from manufacturing associations, manufacturing businesses, Essential Skills experts, and other related subject-matter experts.
- Increased Essential Skills of workers
- Improved job performance of workers
- Improved wellness and wellbeing of workers
- Increased availability of quality training to employers in the Canadian manufacturing industry
- Improved integration of Essential Skills within workplace practices
- Increased engagement of manufacturing industry employers within training initiatives