Illawarra trainer delivering for Australians

An Illawarra-based trainer is teaching language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) specialists and trainers across Australia how to use foundation skills frameworks such as the Australian Core Skills Framework.

Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education and Skills, Sharon Bird, today visited WEA Illawarra, the registered training organisation contracted by the Australian Government to teach the trainers.

Ms Bird said the Australian Government had provided $600,000 to WEA Illawarra to deliver professional development workshops, a key part of the Gillard Government’s efforts to strengthen LLN skills within the national training system and further develop trainer expertise.

“Foundation skills underpin the skills and productivity of the Australian workforce. That’s why improving foundation skills is a key priority of this government,” Ms Bird said.

“For many people, having a higher level of English language, literacy and numeracy skills will open doors to career advancement and higher wages.

“The workshops introduce more practitioners to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF), a tool designed to support and improve adult LLN skills.

“It is essential that our trainers have the skills and knowledge to respond to the LLN needs of their students.

Since November 2011, WEA Illawarra has successfully delivered 32 workshops in eight capital cities and four regional areas across Australia, including delivery of online sessions for rural and remote participants.  The series of workshops runs through to June 2013.