More than just words and numbers
The Big Red Sheds are a common site in almost every New Zealand city and town these days. And this year we were lucky enough to work with The Warehouse Ltd on a literacy and numeracy programme.
On 29 September, the Adult Learning Support team visited the Warehouse Nelson to celebrate the end of their 12 week programme. The two graduating learners – Rae and Kim – stood up and presented their learning journey to us.
“We were impressed that The Warehouse Ltd included both work and personal contexts in the programme,” said Cameron Forbes, Manager of Adult Learning Support.
“Learning is so much more relevant when you set it in a personal context, not just a work context. It helps people to understand things better.”
“For the learners in this programme, the personal learning overlapped completely with work-related learning,” said Tutor Pip Lynch.
You want us to do what?
At the start of the course, Tutor Pip Lynch asked if any of the learners might want to do a presentation at the end.
“Not compulsory, just if you want to,” was Pip’s angle. Nobody was keen.
“Then a few weeks before the end I put the idea to Rae and Kim, and you could see them realising they could actually do it.”
Massive boost in confidence
At Rae and Kim’s presentation, they both spoke about the massive boost in confidence they had taken from the course.
“It was nice knowing that it’s okay to be where I’m at,” said Kim. “Now I’m not afraid to ask for help.”
Workplace programmes work
We see time and again the benefits of improving literacy and numeracy in the workplace. More confident staff, better understanding of the business, faster and more accurate paperwork, and more.
Come speak to us if you want to support your staff to take your business to the next level.