Your people are the single biggest driver of company profits
People are the most important part of our organisation.
Senior leaders often tout this line from the rooftops. You’ll see it at the top of websites and scattered on company value statements around the office.
And for good reason.
Research from all quarters shows that employee engagement – the commitment of your people – is the single biggest driver of company profits. Of course, you already know all this, right?
Yet NZ employers spend little on training for low-skilled workers
It was disappointing to see this statement about New Zealand in the 2016 International Survey of Adult Skills:
Low-skilled occupations spend fewer hours in training and are more likely to have no training activity.
No training for low-skilled workers? Wow, what a lost opportunity.
Technology has allowed many businesses to cut staff numbers significantly. With fewer employees on the books, it’s even more important that all your employees are committed and innovative problem solvers.
The problem with industry specific training
We talk to many employees who invest a lot of time on industry specific training.
Workers in sawmills learning about the characteristics of wood. Fruit and vegetable companies making sure their workers learn which chemicals to use, how to use fertilisers.
That industry specific training is 100% necessary, of course.
But the question we find ourselves asking is this:
How can your employees properly learn your industry’s skills if they struggle to read, write and understand instructions?
Half of primary industry workers struggle to read, write and do basic maths
These statistics from the 2016 Survey of Adult Skills paint a vivid picture.
48% of adults in primary industries have low literacy skills and 53% have low numeracy skills.
That’s compared to 12% of the whole NZ population who have low literacy skills and 19% with low numeracy skills.
We can help to identify who struggles with reading, writing and maths
Often it can be hard to identify who struggles with reading, writing and maths.
People get good at hiding their lack of skills. They ask other people to fill out forms, they said ‘no’ to promotion, they don’t speak up at meetings.
We can help you identify who in your workplace might need some help.
We use professionally designed, government approved assessments to figure out people’s reading, writing and maths skills.
After these tests, we often hear things like:
Wow, there were some real surprises. Including some of our more senior people who have really low literacy levels.
And we can design a tailored programme to suit your needs
The Government knows adults in the workplace need literacy and numeracy training. It has set aside a good pool of money (called the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund) to raise the literacy, language and numeracy skills of the workforce.
We’re here to help. You can have confidence that we’ll deliver training that meets the unique needs of your organisation.
Call us now on 03 548 3041 or email us at [email protected] to talk about how we can take your business to the next level.