GED in the Workplace

“Employers and Unions are Facing New Training Challenges”

Company or union officials who are responsible for staff development and training know how important it is for workers and colleagues to have their high school diploma. While many workers without a diploma may have highly developed technical and other job skills, they need academic credentials for advancement in a rapidly changing technological workplace.

Adults should not have to spend years studying in a high school in order to demonstrate that they possess everyday critical thinking, reading, writing and problem solving skills at the same level as high school graduates.

The Province of Ontario has stated that the GED Certificate is equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Everyone Wins!

When your workers write the GED tests and earn their High School Equivalency Certificate, the company benefits, too.

For example:

Greater Productivity

The GED graduate gains motivation and confidence. The company has proof that the GED graduate possesses thinking and problem solving abilities, which can allow for promotion or further training.

More Effective Training

Earning the GED brings added value to all learning and training. With its focus on problem solving and critical thinking, a GED enables your workers to get more out of future training.

Enhanced Learning Culture

GED graduates feel renewed confidence that allows them to get more from your training programs. If you want more people to enter apprenticeships and advanced training, the GED will help get them there.

The Corporate GED Achievement® Program

GED Achievement® is Ontario's premier high school equivalency program. Recognized for the quality and effectiveness of our program, we help individuals assess their readiness to write the GED tests. GED Achievement® has helped hundreds of workers fine-tune their skills so that they were able to pass the GED tests. Our graduates in the following industries can now add "high school certificate/diploma" to their academic credentials:

  • Aerospace
  • Confections
  • Packaging
  • Auto parts
  • Control systems
  • Paints & coatings
  • Beverages
  • Metal fabrication
  • Pharmaceuticals

The GED Achievement® program accommodates the most complicated shift schedules (including the "Continental" model). It can maximize program participation while minimizing work disruption.

Employee GED Briefing

Your in-plant GED Achievement® Program begins with the GED Briefing. It introduces everyone to the concept of the GED tests and the value of the High School Equivalency Certificate. In 45 minutes, we present the information and answer the questions so that your employees can discuss the GED Achievement® Program with family and friends before deciding to commit to it.

GED Readiness Assessment

Your employees may now do our GED Readiness Assessment, which determines whether they have the skills and knowledge to pass the GED tests successfully. The GED Readiness Assessment indicates the level of their skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and in reading and writing. It provides our coaches with the information they need to personalize the GED Coaching for each employee, as well.

The GED Achievement® Readiness Assessment is often used as a “stand alone” instrument because it provides individuals, coaches, and agency caseworkers (where applicable) valuable information on ten academic skill sets in the area of language arts, practical numeracy/math, and essay writing.

GED Achievement® provides each client and their agent (when applicable) with a written analysis of the client's Readiness Assessment results. GED Achievement® counsels those requiring additional learning and directs them to programs provided through our own resources, or by arrangement with public, community, or private providers.

The GED Readiness Assessment may indicate that some candidates are able to write the GED tests immediately and they will be directed to the Independent Learning Centre (Ministry of Education) to write the GED tests.

Candidates who are likely to be successful with the GED tests are invited to enter our GED Preparation Program.

GED Preparation Program

This consists of a series of small-group coaching sessions. These sessions focus on the skills common to many or all of the GED tests rather than on specific curriculum material. Working closely with experienced adult educators, employees will learn reading, writing and test-taking strategies. They will also be given homework assignments to sharpen their skills in all areas. Finally, they will write the 3 ½ hour GED Official Practice Tests.

After the Official Practice Tests have been evaluated and discussed with them, our team of analysts, coaches and administrators continues to monitor their progress, providing encouragement and counseling.

Your employees are now ready to write the GED tests. They may write the GED tests at a GED test site or, if numbers warrant, the Ministry may provide in-house testing.

Our personalized approach rewards our candidates with a very high success rate on their GED tests.

Skills Building / Upgrading Options

Many people have the potential to earn their GED certificate. Some can write the GED tests immediately, while others need a few months of review and practice. Those who may have left school early and who have not had the opportunity to pick up the necessary skills will need extra time to get ready. In almost all cases, the GED program is still the quickest path to a high school certificate.

Fundamentals Upgrading

GED Achievement® can refer individuals to community or school-based literacy or upgrading programs. The skills that employees gain through these programs will enhance their productivity and confidence, whether on the shop floor, the production line or in the office.

Corporate Pricing Structure

Our graduated fee structure comprises a per-person fee for each of the GED Readiness Assessment and the GED Coaching (which includes the textbook, GED approved calculator, and Official GED Practice Tests). The per-person cost is reduced as the number of participants increases.

The GED Readiness Assessment enables you to maximize your return on investment by coaching only those employees who have a good chance at passing the GED tests.

Some companies already have a policy that will reimburse employees for the cost of further education or training that could be applied to the GED Achievement high school equivalency program.

If some of your employees are laid off, a labour adjustment program that covers the cost of earning a GED will ease the transition.

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