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Tough competition for workplace literacy award

Tough competition for workplace literacy award

This week, 10 Kiwi organisations compete for the 2012 Skills Highway Award, which celebrates successful workplace literacy training.

This year’s entrants are: Acma Industries Ltd, City Care, Counties Manukau District Health Board, Creative Abilities & Associates Ltd, Hansells Food Group Ltd, Metal Skills, Oceana Gold Corporation, Snap Fresh Foods, Spotless and Thames Timber.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the winner of this year’s Skills Highway Award will be announced at the ANZ New Zealand & EEO Trust Work & Life Awards 2012 dinner this Thursday night (30 August) in Auckland.

New Zealand, like many other countries, has a sizeable minority in the workforce who face literacy and numeracy challenges. Research shows about four in every 10 employees have difficulty with reading, writing, maths and communication. The reasons for this skills shortage vary – young school leaving age, learning difficulties, low confidence, speaking English as a second language.

This year’s Skills Highway Award entrants are proof that workplace literacy training can improve employee skills, change company cultures and boost the bottom line. Learn about the training offered and benefits observed by this year’s Award entrants.

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