Essential Skills: developing literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
Essential Skills is a training programme which assists employees aged 16 and over in the development of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
Essential Skills is a training programme designed to help employees with the development of literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
It can bring many benefits to your business including improved performance, increased profits and improved job satisfaction.
The programme is provided by the Department for the Economy (DfE). The training can be delivered within the workplace or at your local Further Education College.
If you are an employer who is interested in offering Essential Skills learning opportunities, this guide provides information on what to do next. It highlights the benefits of Essential Skills training to your business.
Advantages of Essential Skills training
The skills level of your workforce has a direct and measurable impact on the efficiency and profitability of your organisation.
Recent research has shown that 17 per cent of adults in Northern Ireland have poor levels of literacy skills and 24 per cent have poor numeracy skills.
Figures indicate that, as a result, employers here could be losing thousands of pounds every year:
- smaller employers could be losing as much as £86,000 per year
- larger employers could be up to £500,000 a year worse off
Key advantages of Essential Skills training
Improved Essential Skills in the workplace could help your business to:
- increase profits
- improve performance
- improve accuracy and quality
- improve communication
- comply with regulations
- improve recruitment
- retain staff
- develop good customer relations
- improve morale, motivation and job satisfaction
The training is free and can be customised to fit in with your business requirements.
Access Essential Skills training
The Department for the Economy (DfE) provides support for employers wanting to improve numeracy and literacy in the workplace.
For free advice, call DfE's Skills to Succeed number on Tel 0300 200 7876 quoting Essential Skills (Employer) and you will be connected with a locally-based college adviser.
They can then arrange to meet up with you to provide advice and support and discuss the needs within your organisation.