Workplace Education Linked to Employee Satisfaction, Productivity

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

September 26, 2007 9:37 AM

The province is encouraging Nova Scotia businesses to introduce workplace education programs as a tool to boost employee morale and increase productivity.

The Department of Education will introduce an advertising campaign featuring well-known entrepreneur Pete Luckett on Thursday, Sept. 27, to help business owners understand the importance of training their employees.

"The processes, standards and technologies we use in our businesses are constantly changing. Today's employees require specialized knowledge and skills to adapt with those changes and continue to be productive in the workplace," said Education Minister Karen Casey. "The success of Nova Scotia businesses, and our province's economy, depends on it."

The Department of Education, in partnership with business, industry and labour organizations, administers a program called Workplace Education that promotes and delivers learning at work.
Pete's Frootique recently brought in the Workplace Education team to develop and implement a supervisory skills training program for its front line managers.

"The Department of Education worked with us to develop a training program customized to our staff," said Mr. Luckett. "Employees who took part in the program are thrilled and can apply the knowledge to their work immediately. The workplace education staff were extremely knowledgeable and it cost us almost nothing to implement."

A workplace education program helps employees enhance skills that support their success on the job, at home and in the community. Each program is developed to respond to the specific workplace and employees so that new skills can be applied right away. Classes usually take place on-site, fully or partially on work time.

"Statistics show that developing your employees through education is three times as important to economic growth as investing in physical capital. Many Nova Scotia employers recognize this, and are including workplace education as an important part of their business plan," said Ms. Casey. "Providing ongoing training for staff in areas like computer skills, literacy and numeracy, and even supervisory techniques is an excellent way to solidify employee loyalty and increase productivity."

The ad campaign starts Sept. 27 and runs for four weeks. The ads promote a new website that features background information on Workplace Education, as well as details for employers and employees on how to develop programs tailored to their organizations.

For more information on workplace education, see www.nsworkplaceeducation.ca or call 902-424-0492.


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     The province is encouraging Nova Scotia businesses to

introduce Workplace Education programs as a tool to boost

employee morale and increase productivity.

     The Department of Education will introduce an advertising

campaign featuring well-known entrepreneur Pete Luckett on

Thursday (September 27th) to help business owners understand the

importance of training their employees.

     Education Minister Karen Casey says providing ongoing

training for staff in areas like computer skills, literacy and

numeracy, and even supervisory techniques is an excellent way to

solidify employee loyalty and increase productivity.

     The ads promote a new website that features background

information on Workplace Education, as well as details for

employers and employees on how to develop programs tailored to

their organizations.

     For more information on workplace education, visit

W-W-W-dot-N-S-Workplace-Education-dot-C-A or call 902-424-0492.

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Media Contact: Holly Dunn
              Department of Education
              902-424-8786
              E-mail: dunnha@gov.ns.ca