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).
Living with a broken hand has given Nick a real insight into what it’s like to live (and work) with low levels of writing skills. In this short video, he reflects on some of the changes he has had to make at work and also on his recent experience talking to nurses about redesigning workplace forms for people who find writing at work a real challenge.
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
OK, they sound a bit pretentious but Grice’s Maxims are incredibly useful and they are four principles of communication that we keep coming back to them when we are working with learners in the workplace. Here they are: The maxim of quantity, where one tries to be as informative as one possibly can, and gives as much information as is needed, but no more. The maxim of quality, where one tries to be truthful, a
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
“What stopped me ever liking the job was because I was not there because I wanted to be there: I was there because I couldn’t choose the job I wanted” (Martin) “Get anything that paid money, whether it was cleaning or anything. Just do it and get a job” (Gill) “Jealousy. I could do the job what technicians were doing, 9 out of 10 times I was doing their job but I didn’t have the paperwork to say I could do it” (Adria
Nick recently attended the Symposium held at the University of Waikato and ran a workshop on addressing the needs of employees who speak English as an additional language in a workplace literacy setting. We shared a number of lesson plans and classroom tasks designed to assist employees with the following aspects of report writing: - Accuracy and sentence structure - Accuracy with collocation (time an
There is quite a lot of cross-pollination between the workplace literacy world and the world of regular language teaching. A small example of the way our work in the literacy world has enhanced what we do in the regular language school is with spelling. Spelling is important in the workplace and while everyone makes the odd mistake and often it does not affect meaning, poor spelling reduces the professionalism of the
It’s always good when you learn something new from your learners. A recent task from one of the courses we are running was for learners to create a screencast teaching other people how to do something on a computer. The literacy focus was on speaking skills – consideration of the needs / level of understanding of the audience and thinking through how to make the message as clear as possible. One of the