Integrating basic skills in vocational training – structures, models, systems

Why integrating basic skills development into courses

NALA hosted a webinar for vocational trainers in November 2017 and this inspiring short video was part of it. Trevor Moore, manager of North Wall Community Training Centre (CTC) speaks about why they build literacy and numeracy development into their vocational courses. The implementation of such an integrated skills development strategy results new approaches and methodological changes within organisation, learner relevant basic skills development and more effective vocational courses.

Type of document: Video

Author: NALA, Ireland

Language: English


Integrating language, literacy and vocational learning in Post Leaving Certificate

At Newbridge Community Training Centre literacy and numeracy are everybody’s job. In the centre they teach vocational skills, have dedicated literacy and numeracy teacher, however, all subjects they teach (hairdressing, engineering, pottery, etc.) all have literacy and numeracy as part of their subjects. This video by NALA presents examples of how basic skills is integrated in their teaching.

Type of document: video

Author:  NALA, Ireland

Language: English 


Embedding basic skills training into VET: - “You wouldn't expect a maths teacher to teach plastering…”

Integrating basic skills development in vocational trainings is a challenge for training organisations. This research report of the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, NRDC, explains why basic skills training should not be separated from VET training but included and "embedded" in it. 

The NRDC team's research shows the importance of creating temas of teachers, basic skills experts and vocational training experts, to be abla to integrate the training in a relevant, motivational and efficient way.


Type of document: Research report

Author:  National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC)

Language: English


The Norwegian SkillsPlus Program: methodology and tools

Within the framework of the Norwegian Skills Plus program a number of tools have been created to enable teachers and trainers to better design and implement their training.

The Competence Goals for Basic Skills for Adults presents national standards for basic skills at different levels, and gives examples of how the skills can be used in adults’ everyday life, working life and in educational activities.

Basic Job Skills Profiles

Skills Norway has created 16 Basic Job Skills Profiles(link is external) in cooperation with teachers and representatives from various enterprises and organizations. These examples are meant as an inspiration for course providers, who can develop their own adaptations to create courses that are relevant to the needs of the participants.

The profiles can also be used as background to create spread sheets for self-evaluation by the participant. For an example in Norwegian click here.

Type of document: webpage and tools

Author: Skills Norway

Language: English and Norwegian


Basic skills development in apprenticeships - “It is not as bad as it sounds”

GREATB Training Center (Ireland) integrated basic skills development into their apprenticeship models.

This video series of NALA show us from the perspective of the assistant manager of the centre, an instructor and a student why the integrated basic skills development in the Motor Mechanics course was effective and what kind of challenges have been faced.

Type of document: videos

Author:  NALA

Language: English


Numeracy for Advanced Manufacturing

The NAMA Project, funded by Erasmus+, studied the gap that exists between the mathematics currently learnt at school and  the numeracy skills needed at the workplace.

The project focues on the Advanced Manufacturing sector (AM) , and specifically on manual and CNC machining, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. After an analysis of the needed workplace skills,  training materials were developed. The developed training materials can be used for the upskilling of existing workers, or during apprenticeship or class room sessions.

The trainer handbook has been published in English, Greek, Polish and French version.

Type of document: Project website

Author:  Project "Numeracy for Advanced Manufacturing"

Language: English


Training of trainers

In the ‘T ABA’ - ‘Training of trainers for basic skills training in the workplace’ project trainers were trained to deliver basic skills training in the workplace in Austria between April 2016 and February 2017. Workplace basic skills development is a challenge both for vocational trainer and for basic skills teachers so joint and split modules were developed as described in the training leaflet.

Type of document: Project Information material

Author:  Project “T ABA“

Language:  German


Digital Community and Innovation in Adult Education and Basic Skills - DILAB

The DILAB Project aims at supporting trainers, teachers, staff and organisations involved in adult education in the field of key competences, including literacy and digital skills. In the project training sessions for adult trainers and teachers involved in adult education have been developed.

Type of document: Project website

Author:  Project DILAB

Language: English

Note: Some of the used videos are in French. 


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