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Workplace Digital Essential Skills for Rural Small and Medium Size Businesses Pilot Project

Workplace Digital Essential Skills for Rural Small and Medium Size Businesses Pilot Project. Advisory Committee Meeting No. 3 Campbellton , NB, June 6, 2013. Outline of Presentation. Basic Definitions: eligibility, sectors, occupations Pre-ONA: objectives, administration, content

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Workplace Digital Essential Skills for Rural Small and Medium Size Businesses Pilot Project

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  1. Workplace Digital Essential Skills for Rural Small and Medium Size Businesses Pilot Project Advisory Committee Meeting No. 3Campbellton, NB, June 6, 2013

  2. Outline of Presentation • Basic Definitions: eligibility, sectors, occupations • Pre-ONA: objectives, administration, content • Pre-ONA Results • Next Steps

  3. Basic Definitions • Eligible participants (employees) • Targeted sectors • Targeted occupations

  4. Eligible participants • Educational qualifications: • less than a high school diploma OR • an education credential acquired before 2004 (out of school since 2003 or prior) • Digital skills: • use basicdigital skills/tools (egsearch on the Web, send email) to perform job-related tasks • need these skills to be developed • Employment: • year-round (not seasonal) and • not on a contractual/term basis

  5. Targeted Sectors • Participating organizations should be in broad sectors that we would expect to see in rural areas and where there are concentrations of lower-skilled workers • This widens the applicability of the training and assessment products developed in this pilot project • Chosen sectors: • Manufacturing • Services

  6. Targeted Occupations • Goal: to identify a small number of occupational groups and detailed occupations with lower levels of skills • Selected occupational groups: • Administrative (all sectors): general office, administrative, accounting, purchasing, and production clerks • Production (manufacturing sector): machine operators, assemblers, inspectors, material handlers, labourers, cleaners • Operations (service sector): cleaners, housekeepers, cooks, material handlers, labourers, patient service associates • Client service (all sectors): customer service clerks, receptionists, client service assistance, sales associates

  7. Pre-ONA • Objectives • Administration • Content

  8. Objectives of Pre-ONA • Organizational Needs Assessment (ONA) is the first step in the identification of a business’s training needs • Captures: contextual information, recent organizational performanceand role of skills gap, specific skill needs • Decision: develop and implement an online pre-ONA survey with a subset of the firms recruited for this project • Purposes: • Capture basic contextual information and ICT use of the business that could contribute to the training • Pre-test the ONA instrument that would form part of the online digital training product when fully implemented • Confirm eligibility of organizations and applicability of occupations and digital tasks for rural small businesses

  9. Design and Administration of the Pre-ONA Survey • Developed a survey questionnaire to capture information to meet the stated objectives • Drafted in English in Word, translated, and programmed for the FluidSurvey platform • Developed and translated survey invitation • Six recruited businesses invited to participate in the pre-ONA, signed consent agreement • Period in field: May 16-24, 2013 • Average length: 40minutes

  10. Content: Information Collected in the Pre-ONA • Sector • Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) used in workplace and level of ICT use • Degree of negative impact of lack of digital essential skills on organizational performance • Presence of targeted occupations in workplace and number of participants who would attend basic digital skills training in each occupational group • Presence of targeted digital tasks in each occupational group in the workplace and need for digital skills training in each • Profile of eligibletraining participants • Whether or not there would be additional (ineligible) employees who would participate (profit from basic digital skills training)

  11. Pre-ONA Results: Sector • Services and other: 4 • Retail (hardware store) • Social services (eldercare provider) • Wholesale (building supplies supplier) • Utilities (gas co-operative) • Manufacturing: 2 • Food manufacturing • Plastic products

  12. Pre-ONA Results:Information and Communications Technologies

  13. Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) Used in Workplace • Purpose: to determine what ICTs that participating organizations use in the workplace • Pervasive use of most ICTs, of note is the low use of tablets (n+2) the preferred method for taking the training • Results (n=6) • Hardware: desktop computers (6), laptops/notebooks (5), smart phones (4), tablets (2), inventory scanner (1) • Software: E-mail (5), wordprocessing (4), spreadsheet (4), Web browser (3), digital agenda (2), text messaging (3), database (1), point of sale (1) • Networks: Ethernet LAN (4), WiFi LAN (4), Internet (3), owncompany Intranet (2), cloud network (1) • Integrated management software: zero

  14. Level of ICT Use in Workplace • All businesses are at the low to medium level of ICT use in the workplace • Results: • Low: used very little or not at all: 3 • Medium: used in some operations: 3 • High: used in all applications and operations: 0

  15. Pre-ONA Results:Organizational Performance

  16. Organizational Performance Over Last Year • Purpose: for context, to determine if/where a lack of digital skills is having a negative impact (a need for digital training) • Businesses doing fairly well in most areas over the last 12 months • Exceptions: performance tended to be lower (>= 60% reported < 4 on 10-point scale) in the following areas: • Staff development/training • Employee turnover • Job satisfaction/morale • Errors on the job

  17. Impact of Lack of Digital Skills on Performance • Need for digital skills training established: lack of digital skills negatively affecting performance in several areas in several organizations • More than ½ the organizations reported large negative impact (8 or higher on 10-point scale) on the following areas (n=6) : • Capacity for change (6) • Productivity (5) • Internal communications (5) • Staff development/training (5) • Customer/supplier relations (4) • Workplace safety (4)

  18. Percentage of organizations reporting lack of basic digital skills is having a significantly (8 or higher on 10-point scale) negative effect on performance (n=6)

  19. Pre-ONA Results:Occupations

  20. Presence of Occupational Groups • As noted, 4 occupational groups were identified to cover the occupations of eligible employees in rural small/medium-sized organizations • Results confirm choices of occupational groups for the most part: most or all organizations have employees in the groupsNo. of organizations with employees in the group (out of the number that were asked the question): • Administrative: 6 of 6 organizations • Production: 2 of 2 organizations • Operations: 3 of 4 organizations • Client service: 3 of 6 organizations

  21. Training Participants by Occupational Groups • 104 eligible employees would participate in basic digital skills from the 6 organizations participating in the pre-ONA • Participation is higher in production and operations occupations than in administrative and client service • Surprisingly large number in production occupations which are present in only 2 orgs • No. of eligible participants (in named + “other” (un-named) occupations): • Administrative: 16 + 3 employees (3 of 6 orgs) • Production: 32 + 1 employees (2 of 2 orgs) • Operations: 39 + 1 employees (3 of 3 orgs) • Client service: 12 employees (1 of 3 orgs)

  22. No. of eligible employees who would participate in basic digital skills training

  23. No. of organizations and participating employees by occupational group

  24. No. of organizations and participating employees by sector & occupational group

  25. Training Participation in Detailed Occupations • Within each occupational group, detailed occupations identified with low-skill requirements • Results confirm detailed occupations: there would be employees from most who would be trained • Exceptions: low expected participation (<=2 employees) in basic digital skills training in: • Administrative: production clerks • Production: material handlers • Operations: cleaners/janitors, labourers • Client service: customer service clerks, receptionists, client service assistants

  26. Pre-ONA Results:Digital Tasks in Workplace

  27. Presence of Digital Tasks • As noted, 8 common digital tasks were identified and contextualized to each of the occupational groups • to cover employees in rural small/medium-size organizations and targeted by this training • Pre-ONA results confirm presence of digital tasks in organizations participating in the pre-ONA: most are performed fairly frequently (weekly or daily) in most occupational groups • Only one exception: low (25%) incidence in performing online transactions in operations occupations

  28. Need for Basic Training to Perform Digital Tasks • A need for basic digital skills training was reported by a majority of employers to address the challenge of ICT and perform most tasks in most occupational areas • Low incidence of need for basic digital training (< ½ of organizations report need) in the following tasks and occupations: • Administrative (3 orgs): using digital calendars • Operations (3 orgs): completing online forms, performing online transactions, using calendar • Client service (1 org): completing online forms, performing online commercial transactions, seeking and selecting online information, using an electronic calendar

  29. Percentage reporting employees would participate in basic digital skills training, by task & occupation (<50% in red)

  30. Pre-ONA Results:Profile of Eligible Participants • Education: 1/3 have no high school diploma, 2/3 have a high school diploma acquired before 2004 • Tenure: about 40% have been in the occupation and/or organization for 3 years or less • Potential risk of losing participants before completing training or before having enough time to observe effects post-training • Gender: mainly male: about ¼ are female • Age: mainly middle-age to older: less than 10% are 25 years or younger and over half are 45 years or older

  31. Pre-ONA Results: Ineligible Potential Participants • Employers asked if any ineligible employees would need basic digital skills training • Ineligible if employee has a high school diploma or higher received since 2003 • Employers reported an additional 61 ineligible employees who need the training • 10 in administrative occupations • 1 in production occupations • 42 in operations occupations • 8 in client service occupations

  32. Next Steps - SRDC • Receipt of detailed training/production plan from SOFAD: July 10 • Development of employee skills assessment content: July-August • Provision of skills assessment material to SOFAD: September 6

  33. Contact Information • Norm Leckie: 613-789-9656, nleckie@SRDC.org • Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC): http://www.srdc.org/ • Over 20 years of experience gathering and analyzing evidence on social policy and other areas in Canada • Mission: • to help policy-makers and practitioners identify policies and programs that improve the well-being of Canadians, with a special concern for the effects on the disadvantaged, and • to raise the standards of evidence that are used in assessing policies.

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