You may wish it didn’t have to be this way! You may decry your local public education system for not doing its job! Worse, you may even assume that what you know, everyone knows.

But, that is not the case today!

Corporate America, for a variety of reasons, must pick up the responsibility of basic fundamentals training for much of its workforce – like it, or not.

A solid background in industrial fundamentals such as work practice and proper tool use are usually about as far as we go with our fundamentals training.

But, that is not enough today!

Mathematics plus Reading and Writing skills are more and more necessary — and, yet, we can no longer assume that public education is “taking care of this.”

They’re not!

Reading and Mathematics, especially, are critical elements in any complete technical training program today.

Many corporations provide some sort of written resource in these areas.

But, why is it that these highly important fundamental skills programs often sit collecting dust on a storeroom shelf?

Often, it is because the programs are “too academic.” Adults in industrial environments have a hard time learning from textbooks and traditional classes because they do not relate to real life situations.

You should be looking for multi-sensory Reading and Mathematics programs that make these fundamental skills come to life by showing how they relate to the job. This application-oriented approach motivates adults. Real life situations present the “hows” and “whys,” along with the facts, through job-related examples.

While I have been careful to avoid personalizing in the Blogs I’ve been writing for these past couple of years, I’m going to make an exception. When ITC Learning’s multi-sensory literacy program, “Reading and Writing Enhancement” was first introduced, it won the national CINDY award for multi-sensory applications in education. And that is because it effectively bridged the gap for adult learners — a gap that books and lectures had failed to bridge.

Today, you will find additional examples produced by several vendors. The important things to remember are two: a) your organization has no choice today — it must offer fundamental skills training — or suffer the consequences, and b) multi-sensory learning is the only effective way to reach the majority of your workforce.

More on Thursday – – – – –

— Bill Walton, Founder, ITC Learning