The Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR) is a 501 (c) (3), private, non-profit educational institution that provides education and training to enable working Rhode Islanders and the labor movement to have a stronger voice in the workplace, to participate more effectively in Rhode Island’s changing job market and to create a more just and equitable society.
The ILSR has been supporting businesses, labor unions, and workers since 1980 by working to build an educated, competitive workforce that helps Rhode Island grow and prosper.
Employers benefit when their workers stay educated and keep up with new technologies. An educated workforce will:
• increase productivity
• reduce errors and accidents
• adapt to new methods
• communicate effectively
• understand instructions
• read personnel policies &
• qualify for transfers & promotions
• understand technology
The ILSR offers customized training and workshops for union leaders. Our offerings include:
• labor relations
• steward training
• leadership skills
• computer training
• conflict resolution
• public speaking
• on site college degree programs
• effective communication
The ILSR offers employees the opportunity to pursue their education in a convenient and supportive environment at their workplace, so they can:
• improve job skills
• obtain a high school degree
• learn English
• improve reading and writing skills
• build a brighter future
Since 1980, the ILSR has offered education and training programs that have improved the lives of over 150,000 people. Whether individuals enrolled in non-credit personal enrichment courses, ESL/GED programs at the worksite, industry certification preparation programs, or college courses leading to a degree, the ILSR has been instrumental in changing the lives of Rhode Island workers.
The ILSR’s Workplace Adult Literacy Project provides workplace adult education for workers at their place of employment. This program offers
employees the opportunity to pursue their education in the convenient and supportive environment of their workplace.
English-as-a-Second Language (ESL)
Adult Basic Education (ABE)
High School External Diploma Program
Customized classes to address job-specific needs
The Workplace Rights Education Project’s goal is to reach out and educate workers about their rights on the job. This is accomplished by targeting
mainly low-income and non-union workers.
Workplace Rights Education
Health and Safety Training for both youth and adults
Labor Relations Training
Immigrant Worker Rights
Workers’ Compensation Education
Others available upon request
Whether at the workplace or in the classroom, the ILSR offers
customized education and job skills training for a wide variety of
skill trades and professions.
Teacher Assistant Certification Training
Workplace Spanish (occupation specific)
Others available upon request
The ILSR has established partnerships with several colleges, universities and online
course providers, including Eastern Gateway Community College. RIILSR has also
entered into partnership with ed2go to offer hundreds of on-line, non-credit courses ranging from personal enrichment to professional development and certificate programs. Whether you are interested in face-to-face, instructor-led courses or online
courses, RIILSR can help you attain the degree or certification you are looking for.