Equipping Australians with better language, literacy and numeracy skills ?
“Our modelling shows increased industry demand for higher level skills, but around 50 per cent of Australians have been assessed as having literacy and/or numeracy scores below the minimum standard needed to manage the complex demands of life and work.
People with literacy and numeracy needs find it difficult, if not impossible, to obtain higher level qualifications and are far more likely to not be employed, that is to be unemployed or not in the labour force.
This is not a marginal issue. It is a huge challenge for mainstream Australia and it is constraining individual opportunity and economic development. Building LLN skills will be critical to increasing labour force participation and transitioning to a more productive, higher skilled economy.
People require LLN support for differing reasons. Key cohorts include older workers looking to update or refresh their skills, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and
people who left secondary school early and are looking to upskill.
Without a holistic strategy to address LLN skills, Australia is at risk of neglecting vulnerable
cohorts and being unable to achieve the skills deepening that the economy needs.“
Source: Future focus: 2013 National Workforce Development Strategy Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency