Paving the Way to Lasting Employment

May 1st, 2012 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

Kingston Literacy & Skills recently developed Paving the Way to Lasting Employment, a manual with 12 interactive training videos demonstrating the importance and practice of essential skills in the small business environment. 

The manual deals with three of the nine Essential Skills: Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Thinking Skills, which are also referred to as Soft Skills because of the quality with which they are delivered — the way in which we use these skills.

Over a period of months the authors interviewed and surveyed small businesses, and held discussions with the general public — including employers and employees — to examine and identify which needs were not being met by employees, which responsibilities were being overlooked by employers, and how these factors had the potential to affect the success of a business. Some other issues that arose during this process as important questions for today’s employers and employees were the Use of Cell Phones on the Job for personal calls and texts, Absenteeism, and Workplace Theft. These issues spill over into categories such as Working with Others (and respecting your coworkers’ needs) and Thinking Skills.

The three Essential Skill groups also feed naturally into an area that the authors found necessary to shine light on for the benefit of both employees and small business owners: the Creation of an Accurate Job Description when advertising for a position.

Click here to access the manual and explore the videos.