Workplace Literacy and Learning Award

The Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning Award, presented by ABC Life Literacy Canada, recognizes an individual for their outstanding achievement in workplace literacy and essential skills in the Canadian workplace. Learn more about Dr. Alan Middleton.
Winners can be individual employees, organization management including HR professionals and CEOs, union representatives and government representatives who have been directly involved in initiating, developing, implementing, establishing and or steering workplace literacy and essential skills training offered to employees in the workplace.
Literacy and Learning, for the purposes of this award, are defined as any of the following essential skills identified by the Government of Canada: reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication, working with others, and continuous learning.

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Award Criteria:

2015 Winner: Herman Hansen

‪Senior Manager, Human Resources at Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Herman has been involved in the development and implementation of several human resource initiatives focusing on adult literacy and essential skills at Boeing. He was instrumental in spearheading Employee Involvement, an initiative that encourages continuous improvement (Lean) and recognizes employee participation and inclusiveness, which resulted in many training programs being developed and implemented over several years related to virtually all nine essential skills. In addition, as part of Boeing’s commitment to lifelong learning, Herman has spearheaded the implementation of several flexible and innovative training programs such as the Mature Students Diploma (MSD), the Certificate in Management/Bachelor Degree Program in Management with the University of Winnipeg, which incorporated both essential skills and prior learning and recognition (PLAR), and the promotion of online degree programs. Other initiatives include the development of a computer-training program with literacy embedded in the curriculum for Boeing's twenty-two deaf employees and the incorporation of an Aerospace TOWES Test in the recruitment process.

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