As an organisation, Countdown recognises that people across the whole organisation can benefit from upskilling in language, literacy, communication and numeracy. It has been great working with people in the Countdown Support Office over the last couple of years. Our learners have been merchandisers, logistics people, people in property maintenance, payroll, IT, business support people and a couple of store managers.
The Employer-led Workplace Literacy Fund is now fully allocated. However, we still have some Workplace Literacy funding available for businesses. The strand we get is the TEO-led funding which is a great way for businesses to take some important first steps in addressing literacy and numeracy needs in their workplaces. We’re happy to work on small projects with smaller employers or to run pilot programmes with
2015 has been another very busy year for our workplace team. We have run projects with ADHB at Auckland Hospital and The Selwyn Foundation across their North Island sites as well as a number of smaller projects in a range of businesses. Recently, we have been involved in a project producing some embedded literacy resources for the healthcare sector for NCLANA (the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults).
Choosing an online dictionary Online dictionaries are very useful tools when writing and reading and there are some really good ones out there. Go for a learner dictionary – this will be more useful and give you more detailed information about usage. Here are some tips on how to choose an online dictionary: 1. Make sure the definitions of the words are easier than the words themselves! Some are way more complic
Workplace Literacy Fund for Employers A funding window has opened for the Workplace Literacy Fund for Employers. This is for businesses who want to train their own staff in language, literacy and numeracy and it has historically been undersubscribed. It’s a great opportunity for businesses looking to raise productivity, profitability and customer satisfaction by investing in their staff. Businesses may have st
Write and Improve Learner Orientated Assessment is the sort of assessment that happens in class and by teachers all the time and so rather than resulting in a formal assessment report, it feeds directly into the learning that is going on right at the moment. We really like “Write and Improve”. Language learners can use it to enter a piece of writing, get it assessed instantly by some rather smart assessme
Work as a police officer is demanding in terms of communication skills – probably more demanding than a lot of police applicants realise. Studying at Royal New Zealand Police College is intense and there is Policing and legal knowledge to learn during that time. It is similar in demands to a first year university course but done over 19 weeks. So, the time to develop your foundation skills is before you join
What is the Occupational English Test? Occupational English Test is an international English language test that assesses speaking, reading, listening and writing skills of healthcare professionals. The key benefit over IELTS is that it is contextualised around communication skills that are relevant to work in healthcare. So, test-takers are able to use skills that they have developed in the course of their wor
So many businesses are still unaware that there is funding available to help them develop the language, literacy and numeracy skills of their employees. We have Workplace Literacy Funding and often there is no invoiced cost for training eligible employees. It is also possible for larger businesses to apply for their own funding. And, of course, some businesses are prepared to pay for training privately. There will be
We have been working on a project about narratives in partnership with Elizabeth Knox Home & Hospital this year. The training was shortlisted for the Health Ed Trust Training Award presented at the New Zealand Aged Care Association conference at Sky City. Because Knox is an Eden Alternative Registered Home, the quality of interactions is critical in terms of eliminating the three plagues of loneliness, hopeless