Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills Research (WLESR)
Learning & Business Impact Case Studies initiative. 


Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) through its Canadian Manufacturing Network is partnering with Employment and Social Development Canada (formerly HRSDC) Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, to help manufacturers improve training outcomes, business results, and return on investment (ROI).

The Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills Research (WLESR) is a Canada-wide initiative designed to boost productivity at the company level and at the level of the national economy.

Through a series of 10 case studies, WLESR is looking at the impact of Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) training interventions in manufacturing settings and will identify the factors that contribute to effective LES training.  The end goal is to strengthen the business case regarding the value of LES workplace training so manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized firms, will invest in their workers to enhance performance.


WSLER is designed to address the knowledge gaps in manufacturing by creating access to source of expertise as well as resources and tools for manufacturers to implement and assess the impact of LES training. Examples of the resources are

•  Learning and Business Case Studies from diverse cross-section: size / sector/ geography to look at the value of LES training for manufacturers, especially small and medium-sized firms, who are investing in their workers to enhance performance

•  Individual Case Studies with aggregate benchmarking, analyses and business impact data available

•  Industry expertise, resources and tools necessary to assess the impact of LES training programs and
identify which elements are effective and which are not

•  Culminate in multi-industry round table with industry input to drive new resources and next step roadmaps, creating a "Manufacturing Essentials" manual for all industry

"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can't read & write, but those who can't learn, unlearn & relearn."



ManufacturingEssentials.jpgManufacturing Essentials Certification (MEC) is proposed to run in regional training cluster groups across the province of New Brunswick, providing between 30-40 hours (4-5 hours/week over 8 weeks) of skills training, using industry validated learning programs, live workshops, facilitated online learning with on-going support assistance with New Brunswick professional trainers and a workplace action-based learning project.

MEC programs are funded through a partnership between New Brunswick Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, participating companies and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC). If your company would like to be considered as one of the participating organizations, please contact us for more details and a presentation on how to get involved with MEC programs.




Jean-Pierre Giroux

National Director, Skills and Talent Development



Scott McNeil-Smith

National Director, Projects and Partnerships

Phone:866-323-4362 x223

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