New foundation skills strategy launched
The Federal and South Australian Governments have announced the launching of the new National Strategy for Foundation Skills, which will aim to boost the English language, numeracy and literacy skills of working Australians aged 15-64.
Launching the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults at Redarc Electronics in Adelaide, Parliamentary Secretary for Skills, Sharon Bird, said the joint Commonwealth and state and territory government publication sets out a collaborative approach across both levels of government to encourage broader engagement in foundation skills programs.
"For many people, having a better grasp of English language, literacy and numeracy and improved employability skills will open doors to career advancement and higher wages," Ms Bird said.
"The kind of jobs that are emerging in Australia over the next five to 30 years will require increasing levels of skills, underpinned by further training and education.
The host of the launch, Redarc Electronics, has received funding under the WELL program to provide literacy, numeracy and coaching skills training to over 75 staff in partnership with TAFE SA.