Super 8 boosting workplace literacy

Press Release

The Ontario Literacy Coalition has secured funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and several employers to initiate the second phase of the Collaborative Development Approaches: Piloting Illustrative Workplace Models.
With the support of our partners in Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills, the OLC will build on its previous efforts with 14 employers across Ontario, including Super 8 Hotels, to provide innovative workplace literacy and essential skills training.
The ministry’s financial commitment will allow the OLC to leverage additional support from employers as part of an ongoing effort to help move Ontario’s economic recovery forward through workplace literacy and essential skills upgrading.
“I think it will be a great morale booster for a lot of the staff [and] give them the ability to realize their potential,” said Wanda Barker, general manager of the Super 8 in Fort Frances.
Some 18 hotel staff there will participate in the pilot project, to be delivered by the Valley Adult Learning Association.
“We sometimes stick to the tasks that we know best, not realizing that there is so much more that we are capable of but never confident enough, or know the means of how to obtain [those skills],” Barker noted.
“I believe through this program, [my staff] will find that,” she added.