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Workplace Essential Skills

Core Subject(s): Adult Basic Education
Website: http://www.pbs.org/literacy
Next Airing: Mon, Mar 27th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV

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Produced by KET/The Kentucky Network, this exciting new video series helps those who are unemployed and under-employed develop essential skills for finding and keeping a job. An outstanding resource, Workplace Essential Skills teaches pre-GED adults (sixth to eighth grade reading level) how to use basic skills in the workplace. You may begin using the series when it premieres this fall. The skills content of each program is demonstrated through scenarios drawn from four workplace contexts: construction, manufacturing, health care, and retail/service. Episodes 101-105 identify job search strategies, episodes 106-108 introduce strategies for new hires; and episodes 109-124 develop basic skills in reading, writing, math, problem solving, and communication in the workplace. The last program is a half-hour student orientation.

Episodes:

  • Communicating with Coworkers and Supervisors

    Exchanging information is the main purpose for communication in the workplace. Learning how to make your messages clear and complete is an important skill for every employee. Discover how to use effective communication strategies at work with particular emphasis on conflict resolution skills.

    Next Airing: Mon, Mar 27th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Working Together

    Team work is another top-rated skill. Active listening, respect for other team members, and working together to solve problems are essential skills in today's workplaces. Learn the importance of team work and how to be an effective team member.

    Next Airing: Mon, Apr 3rd, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Communicating with Customers

    Excellent customer service is the hallmark of every successful business. Learn the basics of customer service and how to provide it even under difficult circumstances.

    Next Airing: Mon, Apr 10th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • A Process for Writing

    Poorly written memos, incomplete messages, and hard-to-read reports can erode productivity and raise stress levels. Learn the process approach to writing and get an inside look at how a variety of workplaces use written communications.

    Next Airing: Mon, Apr 17th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Supplying Information: Directions, Forms and Charts

    Forms and charts carry the important flow of information that keeps a business going. Filling out forms accurately and completely may seem like drudgery, but these skills are essential for a smoothly functioning workplace. Learn how typical businesses use forms and charts and the importance of accuracy and care in handling these workplace tools.

    Next Airing: Mon, Apr 24th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Writing Memos and Letters

    Writing effectively involves knowing when, how, and what to write. Many workers lack confidence in their writing skills and as a result often avoid writing. Learn about the writing process and how to improve your own workplace writing.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 1st, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Reading for a Purpose

    Good reading skills can mean the difference between being an average worker and being an excellent worker. Today's workplace requires just about everyone to use reading comprehension skills to get their jobs done. Understand the different ways reading is used on the job and how to use strategies such as skimming and scanning to increase reading efficiency and comprehension.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 8th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Finding What You Need: Forms and Charts

    Forms and charts organize the flow of work in many workplaces. Just as it's important to fill out forms and charts carefully, it's also important to know how to read and interpret them accurately. Learn how forms are used in a variety of workplaces.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 15th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Following Directions

    Whether it's fixing a cranky copy machine or mixing up a batch of lawn fertilizer, good reading comprehension and listening skills can mean the difference between success and disaster in a workplace. Learn how workplaces use diagrams and other written instructions, and discover reading strategies and tips for following directions.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 22nd, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Reading Reports and Manuals

    How do you cope with the often overwhelming amount of reading in your workplace? Learn how memos, reports, equipment manuals, and safety procedures are all used to transmit important information.

    Next Airing: Mon, May 29th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Number Sense

    How is your number sense? Like common sense, this is a valuable set of skills that helps you organize your life at home and at work. Find out what number sense is and how to develop it using skills like estimation.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 5th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Solving Problems

    Knowing how to set up a math problem to find an answer and being able to judge whether the answer makes sense are highly valued skills. Learn about some strategies people use to solve problems at work.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 12th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percents

    Many workplace math problems involve using numbers less than one-- decimals, fractions, and percents. Learn how to work with these in a variety of workplace situations.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 19th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Measurements and Formulas

    How much does a liter weigh compared with a quart? How accurate does the measurement of an infant's head need to be? Learn how to use measurement tools and typical formulas.

    Next Airing: Mon, Jun 26th, 2017 at 6:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Applying for Jobs

    What's the best way to make sure your application stays in the 'in' pile? What are employers looking for when they read an application? Find out how the application process works and how to make sure your application makes the best impression.

    Length: 00:26:45
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Interviewing

    How does the interview process work? Learn what employers look for during an interview, what to say, what to wear, what questions you'll typically receive, and how to follow up afterwards.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Learning at Work

    Many new workers fail because they're afraid to ask questions that will help them learn their jobs. Taking responsibility for learning on the job is an important step in becoming a valued employee. Understand the importance of learning at work and discover ways to find out about worksite training and educational options.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Matching Skills and Jobs

    Successful job seekers treat the job search as a job in itself. Finding a job that really fits your needs and skills can be a long hard process. Discover how to organize and carry out an effective job search using a variety of resources and tools.

    Length: 00:26:34
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Ready for Work

    The focus shifts in this program from finding a job to getting off to a strong start in a new job. Explore the concept of being 'work ready, ' including how to set goals and plan for problem situations such as cars that won't start or no-show babysitters.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Resumes, Tests and Choices

    Your resume is your chance to make a good first impression. Learn how to write an effective resume and how to evaluate job offers to decide which will provide the best opportunity.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • The Language of Work

    Employers rate good communication skills among the highest qualities they value in their employees. Every workplace has its own style of communication and sometimes new workers have difficulty mastering the new language of work. Explore important skills such as speaking clearly, listening actively, and solving problems through effective communications.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018
  • Workplace Safety

    Every job carries certain safety risks. Understanding these risks and knowing how to follow company safety procedures is an important part of being a responsible employee. Gain a close up look at how workers in a variety of workplace situations deal with safety issues.

    Length: 00:26:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2018

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