Language, literacy and numeracy training is not just “nice to do”, it is core business. We have had a lot of experience working in service industries where communication is client care. By focusing on people’s language, literacy and numeracy skills, you are helping them to become more productive, collaborative, confident employees.
It can also have direct impact on the bottom line of your business.
For example, sometimes it is possible to see how time saved checking instructions in a meeting equates to significant time savings. Especially when these meetings happen everyday.
Workplace literacy training, however, goes further: it’s about equipping people to handle change, take on further responsibility and new challenges at work and in the community. Training can lead to the following benefits for the business:
So, how do we measure benefit? It’s more than just measuring skills gain through an assessment (although of course we do this). It also involves participants noticing their own growth. Supervisors and colleagues will also have a perspective on individuals’ growth. There will also be existing metrics in place in your business that can be used to measure benefit. For example, maybe your business keeps track of wastage or workplace accidents. Maybe you have regular customer feedback mechanisms in place. All of these can be used to provide evidence that the programme is working and making a difference. It’s important to think about the drivers that made you start the programme and think through how these benefits will be quantified.
We have more than thirty years' experience in the business of language skills development with adult learners and experience in a range of sectors. Our key strengths are working with employees who speak English as a Second Language and with people where the stakes are high when it comes to language and literacy.