Workplace Learning PEI is celebrating its 21st year of operation on PEI. The organization offers training programs for the workplace that benefit both employers and employees.
“Statistics indicated that 60 percent of Islanders with low essential skills were in the workforce,” says Lori Johnston, Executive Director, Workplace Learning PEI. “They need help to increase their skill level and earn the certifications necessary to move forward in their jobs.”
Essential skills needed in every workplace
- reading text
- document use
- oral communication
- working with others
- continuous learning
- thinking skills
- digital technology
In addition to Essential Skills development, Workplace Learning also offers services such as human resource development, which focuses on employee training. “We can help set up a good training program by determining the employees’ skill levels and what they need to meet the demands of the job.”
“With our help, companies will develop the capacity to set up pre-employment assessments to look at the essential skills of the people coming in so they understand what training is needed.”
They also help employers understand the new millennial workforce. “Millennials have a lot of strengths, but they also have a lot of differences in how they work and what they expect. Employers need to know how to keep millennials engaged to keep them long-term.”
“Many employers are looking to train their supervisors on how to coach and mentor employees. We help train supervisors on how to train others.”
About the staff
Workplace Learning has four full-time staff, including Lori and three contract employees. All have teaching degrees, along with additional training in HR development, English as an Additional Language, instructional design, and methods of assessment. On the job, staff get a wide variety of training to keep them up to date to deliver the services they offer companies.
Future hiring needs
“We are expecting a period of growth over the next few years, and we will be looking for more staff,” says Lori. “If we are able to, we will be looking for educators who can deliver essential skills programs for about five to six months. We will also potentially be looking for people to help us respond to employer needs.”
They will be looking for people with adult teaching experience or a human resource background. Experience as a tradesperson who has been a good mentor to others is also important. Additional training is provided.
“We will be looking for the right personality fit for our organization, people who are flexible, and have very good communication skills and a background in facilitation or adult education.”
For more information, call Lori Johnston at 902-368-6280 or email [email protected].
Visit www.workplacelearningpei.com or on Facebook.