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Training Needs Assessment

The very first step of conducting a Training Needs Assessment (TNA) is to determine the expected business outcomes or training goals.

The ultimate goal of the training should be clearly articulated and kept in the forefront to ensure that the entire needs assessment process keeps the desired outcomes in sight.

It is best for an employer to answer the question: “How will we know that the training worked?”

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Pre-employment, Employment Assessments

Ensuring staff have the proper essential skills for the job is best ensured before they start working. At Workplace Learning we have considerable experience designing simple to more complex assessments that serve a wide range of business and organization needs. Traditional paper-based and web-driven assessments are both available options depending on your need. We are certified Question Complexity designers through

Instructional Systems Design

Instructional Design (also called Instructional Systems Design (ISD)) is the practice of creating “instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing.”

Ultimately, all training initiatives need to make business sense. At Workplace Learning we have over 16 years of experience working with a diverse range of companies and organizations in assisting them with their training needs

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Online & Blended Learning

Are you interested in training systems that can replace, extend, or augment your current training experience? Is training too costly, ineffective, or perhaps too difficult to schedule in to your busy work schedule? As Instructional designers we develop learning and training solutions that are timely, cost-effective and flexible. We host our own Learning Management System (LMS) that we can create, host and administer short-term (or long-term) training needs

Minigoo Fisheries

Minigoo Fisheries reopened for business in August 2012 and management wanted the employees to be prepared for work and have the best possible chance for success on the job.

Workplace Learning PEI completed three weeks of intensive Essential Skills training prior to the opening day for production. This training gave the staff the confidence and teambuilding knowledge needed to make Minigoo Fisheries a thriving and competitive plant.

More recently, Minigoo has asked for Workplace Learning’s assistance in preparing their employees for further education.


Essential Skills Now Mandatory For Graduating High School


The State of  Oregon has adopted some progressive measures to ensure kids graduating high school have the necessary essential skills to participate fully in today’s skills-based economy.

The details of what essential skills are needed and measured are found on their site here

“For the first time, the state will require that all students must demonstrate that they are proficient in certain “essential skills” – skills that are deemed critical for future success – before they are awarded the diploma. Beginning in 2012, students must demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills of reading to receive a high school diploma. Students will be required to demonstrate the writing essential skill in 2013 and “apply math” in 2014. The Essential Skills are process skills which enable students to learn content and apply their knowledge across disciplines. These are not new or additional skills; they are embedded in existing content standards, already being taught in Oregon schools. “

Training in Question Structure

We will be adding to our Tool Box for Assessments.

Last month we completed some very exciting new training in how to develop questions and scaffold learners. Full article here > Controlling Complexity Training

Link to Skillpan’s Course Offerings:



Financial Literacy Facilitator Training

We had a great two-day train-the-trainer session with the Canadian Centre For Financial Literacy ( A wealth (bad pun) of insight and great discussion. Thanks Natasha!

Prince Edward Island Literacy

The Importance of Literacy for the PEI Labour Force and the Labour Market

Some basics literacy statistics from the 2003 IALS survey

  • Almost 46% of youth 16-25 have low literacy performance
  • 43% of Islanders have low literacy levels (level 1 & 2). Approximately 60% are employed.
  • Percentage of those 15 years and over with less than high school: 35%

Top five sectors with concentrations of workers with low literacy:

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Trade, finance, insurance, real estate, and leasing
  3. Forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas
  4. Agriculture
  5. Construction



Rollo Bay Holdings Ltd.

“Our people are our number one asset.”

Rollo Bay Holdings Ltd., owned by Ray and Alvin Keenan, is a large growing, packaging and marketing potato operation in eastern Prince Edward Island. Their modern plant houses an automated processing line for grading, sizing and packaging potatoes.

The latest equipment includes an x-ray machine that allows the employees to achieve pinpoint accuracy in potato grading and sizing. The operation has temperature and humidity controlled storage for up to 400,000 cubic weight of raw product as well as a 100’ x 50’ refrigerated warehouse for storing packaged product.

The Keenan potato business has been built on a solid foundation of personal relationship building within the retail and food service channels.

The Keenan name has industry recognition which has grown over the years and the owners are very proud of their employees, the company they have built and of the reputation they have earned.

Early Learning Centres

Beginning in 2010, Workplace Learning PEI provided support to individuals going through the ECCE courses at Holland College. We also provided upgrading for those needing to work on their Essential Skills before the second intake began in March 2011 and assessed additional individuals who applied for March intake.

We  developed the following plan to ensure our support was accessed by anyone who needed it.

  • Workplace instructors attend all face-to-face classes to be more visible to the students and be available to offer help and answer questions.
  • Workplace instructors work together to provide assistance to students in rural areas.
  • Workplace instructors offer study skill workshops to help students build good study skills.
  • Students requiring Essential Skill updating continue to build these skills as we provide them with one-on-one support throughout their course.

The end result was  enhanced skills in reading, writing and computer use as well as entry level requirements for their sector. Many of the Early Childhood Educators have chosen to continue with the next level of study. Workplace Learning is continuing to provide support two evenings a week to those students who require it.


Urban and Rural Workplaces

“We saw a need for educating some of our people to enhance our operations.”
CEO, Royal Star Foods Ltd.

Urban & Rural Workplaces

“Workplace Education has planted the seeds to learning… Confidence,  self esteem, and pride are the harvest.”