Following on from the May 2010 announcement of a $120 million investment by the Australian Government in adult literacy and numeracy activities, the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) hosted a forum on behalf of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations on 13 September 2010 to explore these questions and to determine what needs to be done to find the answers.
This paper presents a summary of those discussions and recommendations for future action.
This report 'Foundation Skills in VET Products for the 21st Century' comments on the design of Training Packages in relation to the effective delivery of Foundation Skills. More
There are many references to Language, Literacy and Numeracy and Foundation Skills. You many find this helpful in judging the directions for LLN in lower level VET. More
The National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC) is responsible for providing advice on the reforms and actions needed across the vocational education and training (VET) system to support equity and inclusiveness for all learners in VET.
NVEAC also commissioned a short briefing paper on foundations skills developed by Louise Wignall and Anita Roberts. This paper gives background information on key issues such as how these skills are defined, how they are being delivered, who gets access to training in these skills and outcomes being achieved.
This paper reports on recommendations for a fundamental overhaul in the way the nation approaches and supports workforce development, at a national, industry and enterprise level. The vision for this strategy is that Australia has the workforce capability it requires for a productive, sustainable and inclusive future, and that Australian enterprises have the capacity to develop and use the skills of their workforce to maximum advantage for the benefit of industry and the community. The key aspects addressed by the paper are: (1) meeting Australia's future skills and workforce demands; (2) raising workforce participation; (3) improving adult language, literacy and numeracy skills; (4) better using skills to increase productivity; (5) enhancing the capability of the tertiary education sector; and (6) creating a shared agenda on workforce futures. Several appendices are included, covering: preliminary costing of recommendations; the consultation process; specialised occupations; regional workforce participation; international examples; workforce development case studies; and a national reform agreement for Australian workforce development.
Fundamental changes to vocational education, including a user-pays funding model, a transformed apprenticeship system and the partial merger of TAFEs and universities, have been put forward by Skills Australia in this discussion paper. The paper describes vocational training as a system suffering from declining funding, stagnant enrolments and a lack of national co-ordination. In the paper, Skills Australia has put forward a range of options including: (1) a transformed funding model which would effectively make students and business the main source of income; (2) a restructure of the apprenticeship system - the new system would focus on boosting the 50 per cent student completion rate by offering personalised advice and career mentoring, the option of a pre-apprenticeship program to help course selection, and assessment based on competence rather than 'doing the time'; (3) the possibility of blurring the lines between TAFEs and universities, including the creation of polytechnic colleges. It may also include more dual-sector institutions, especially if students demand better pathways between vocational education and higher education. Alternatively, vocational education providers may increase their entry into the degree area.
Australian Industry Group
AiG received funding from DEEWR to conduct a project looking at employers’ perspectives on workforce literacy and numeracy.
Partnerships between literacy teachers and community service workers have the potential to engage people with low literacy levels in learning. Through interviews and surveys with these two groups, this paper explores their views on literacy, how it impacts on their work, and their ideas about partnerships with each other. Overall, partnerships are viewed more favourably by literacy teachers than community service workers. In addition, if partnerships are to proceed, both groups need to develop a greater awareness and appreciation for each other's roles. This research was undertaken by a novice researcher in the Community of Practice Program and was funded as part of NCVER's Building Researcher Capacity initiative.
Apprentices with a learning disability can face significant barriers to completing their training. This paper explores what these apprentices, their lecturers and disability support staff see as the most effective strategies for helping them to overcome these difficulties. Instructional approaches which accommodate students' learning styles, individual tutoring and supportive relationships were endorsed by all groups as effective. This research was undertaken by a novice researcher in the Community of Practice scholarship program, which is funded through NCVER's Building Researcher Capacity initiative.
This good practice guide is based on research that looked at how to teach adult literacy and numeracy using a social capital approach. The guide suggests ways VET practitioners can adopt a social capital approach to their teaching practice. A social capital approach refers to the process in which networks are drawn on or created during the various stages of the literacy and numeracy program. The guide also outlines indicators of social capital outcomes.
Media release November 2007 (PDF 100KB)
An ACAL Position Paper on the 2006 Adult Literacy and Lifeskills survey
Prepared by Dave Tout (2007) (PDF 400KB)
ACAL’s approach to literacy as both lifelong and lifewide.
Paper presented by Dr Pauline O'Maley to the ACAL Conference in New Zealand (Sept 2007) (PDF 80KB)
Discussion paper 2007 (PDF 700KB)
ACAL Response 2007 (PDF 565KB)
ACAL's response (June 2004) (HTML)
ACAL Submission (June 2004) (PDF 104KB)
By Jane Figgis, AAAJ Consulting Group (September 2004) (PDF 400KB)
National Position Paper on the Future Adult Literacy and Numeracy Needs of Australia (2001) (PDF 280KB)
National surveys and national campaigns paper
(Undated paper likely June 2001) HTML
In this paper ACAL shares the results of independent research commissioned to explore issues relating to literacy and current youth policy initiatives (2001) (280KB)
Occasional paper by Chris Sidoti, Visiting Professor, School of Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University speaking at ACAL Forum, Sydney 15 June 2001 (PDF 140KB)