Workforce and Workplace Literacy
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Workforce and workplace literacy refers to the ability to possess the reading, writing, numeracy, and communication skills needed on the job. This includes skills to fill out job applications, succeed in interviews or screenings, read and understand written procedures and manuals, and maintain a job.
Examples of our current and past research projects involving workforce and workplace literacy include:
Voluntary Training and Adult Competency Outcomes in a Cross Section of Countries (Alberto Chong, PhD). The purpose of this study is to understand the association between voluntary training and adult competencies in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology rich environments. Examining voluntary training and its impact on adult competency can reveal important insights on the role that innate motivation, as opposed to mandatory training participation, can play in adult cognitive abilities. Results from the study can help inform training participation policies which may lead to an increase in training effectiveness.
Georgia Pathways to Work: Explore-Engage-Employ (Andrew Roach, PhD). The purpose of this project is to improve career-focused transition services for young Georgians (ages 14-24) who are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services. The project aims to increase (a) the number of customized career pathways available to students and young adults with disabilities; (b) the number of youth and young adults with disabilities who achieve competitive integrated employment; and (c) the average weekly wage and employer benefits achieved by youth and young adults with disabilities who enter the workforce.