In Alberta industrial worksites, newcomer trades people may not be working safely. Several factors contribute to this problem: gaps in language proficiency related to safety language and workplace jargon, intercultural communication patterns that create potential safety issues on the worksite (e.g. failure to speak up when facing unsafe working conditions) and a lack of information about safety practices and regulations. The English in the Workplace: New Employee Orientation for Newcomers in the Workplace project was a response to a need identified in the Alberta trades sector to increase the percentage of newcomers passing basic site safety training as a requirement to gain access to employment.
Project Activities Included:
April – November 2009
32 people including:
3 Project Team members (Darcy McDonald, Kerry Louw, Cheryl Whitelaw)
7 Advisory Committee members
The Gaining Access to the Workplace Guide provides an overview of the English in the Workplace: New Employee Orientation for Newcomers in the Workplace project. The goal for the project was to create, implement and evaluate a welcoming model of new employee orientation for newcomers that integrates accessible language for general safety orientation that can be adapted to other industries and workplace contexts. The guide summarizes the project activities and includes needs assessment results, a mapping of orientation module outcomes to Canadian Language Benchmarks and Essential Skills, lessons learned and project outcomes.
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The Gaining Access Curriculum Framework document maps the topics for each module to speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for industrial workplace safety and the strategies used to address skill development for each topic. The Curriculum Framework also includes key cultural concepts for each topic, language features and key resources.
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The Module 1 Facilitator Guide provides a sample guide for facilitators that include the instructional approach, facilitation strategies, and an overview of a training plan for Module 1 that follows the Module 1 Rights and Responsibilities presentation slides. This sample guide is intended to show the facilitation approach used in the English in the Workplace: New Employee Orientation for Newcomers in the Workplace project.
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The Module 1 Participant Handouts provide a sample of handouts provided to the participants in the project. The handouts are prepared using plain language principles and are targeted to Canadian Language Benchmark level 3.
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The Module Presentation Slides include content for each of the 6 topics English in the Workplace: New Employee Orientation for Newcomers in the Workplace project. The slides include key concepts presented for each topic and include embedded links to online resources.
5.1 Module 1 Rights and Responsibilities
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5.2 Module 2 Workplace Hazards
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5.3 Module 3 Pro-Active Strategies for Unsafe Working Conditions
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5.4 Module 4 Personal Protective Equipment
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5.5 Module 5 WHMIS
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5.6 Module 6 Safety is an Attitude
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