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Workplace literacy and numeracy moves welcomed

Media release
21 November 2005

Workplace literacy and numeracy moves welcomed by Business NZ

Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly today welcomed the Government's announcement that it would develop a comprehensive strategy to improve literacy and numeracy skills in the workforce.

"The lack of these fundamental skills in a relatively high proportion of employees has long been a key concern for employers. These skills are the foundation for all other forms of training and learning. Without them, there can be no real progress," he said.

"Business NZ welcomes the Government focus on ensuring everyone in the workforce has an adequate level of literacy and numeracy skills. This will be a difficult task, but will be central to lifting productivity, growth and ultimately wages. It is imperative that the work is adequately resourced.

"It will be important for the Government to include and engage business in this work. Business NZ looks forward to working with the Department of Labour and Tertiary Education Commission to ensure the voice of business is reflected in the final strategy."


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