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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



Workplace basic skills provision: New Zealand

by EBSN CBS Editor
Language: EN

The Skills Highway has been established to help employers learn how workplace literacy and numeracy training can help them improve business performance. The Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) Fund is provided by the Tertiary Education Commission and manged by the Industry Training Federation. Detailed data about the program’s reach in 2017 can be found in this report.


For more information watch this introductory video on Skills Highway.

Source from: Skills Highway New Zealand.



What is workplace Literacy in the context of the Skills Highway?

Workplace literacy means the mix of skills employees need to complete everyday tasks at work. Employees need these skills to communicate with customers, understand health and safety information, keep accurate records and follow production schedules. Once the problems at the workplace are identified, the problems may be solved and success measured (including resources for measuring what matters).


Success stories showcase a wide range of New Zealand businesses of all sizes, which have achieved significant business benefits from workplace literacy training. Learn from their experiences about why it’s worth the investment of time and effort to address your employees’ skills gaps.


The ”Get help” section of the Skills Highway introduces funding options for companies:

  • The government provides funding assistance for certain programmes and training providers. The fund supports training programmes that range from 25 to 80 hours and are delivered within the context of workplace learning, so the programmes are tailored to meet the needs of employees and their employers. The programmes are offered in two ways: training provider and employer led.
  • Workplace literacy and numeracy providers are listed receiving funding through the government. The providers themselves supply the information on the Skills Highway.


Success in workplace literacy training is being recognised by the Skills Highway Award.


Downloadable resources to help set up a literacy and numeracy training programme is provided in a resource bank. You will also find information on organisations and initiatives that support improving adult literacy and numeracy rates in New Zealand. A Skills Highway information brochure is available here.




The Capacity Building Series of EBSN provides free open educational resources (OERs) and massive online courses (MOOCs) through EPALE, to help the implementation of the European Commission recommendations on Upskilling pathways in EU Member States. EPALE is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, as part the European Commission’s ongoing commitment to improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe. The project is implemented with the support of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).



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