Why we need literacy development in education and training?
Literacy changes lives and we know that in 2017 only 62,736 adults with literacy needs (12%) are accessing adult literacy services. That means there are 457,000 adults who have unmet literacy needs, many whom are in the workplace and in some further education and training (FET).
Currently adults (both working and unemployed) can usually only access between 2 and 6 hours adult literacy tuition per week (through the ITABE programme – Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education) or a Back to Education Initiative part-time course if available. There is a current gap in intensive or full-time provision for the number of adults who need effective supports and pathways.
1 Answer to parliamentary question number 350 on 15 January 2019 https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2019-01-15/350/#pq_350
In the context of further education and training (FET), NALA works to ensure that FET courses are inclusive of, and effective for, adults who may have language, literacy or numeracy needs. This is called ‘integrating literacy’. ‘Integrating literacy’ means designing and delivering courses in ways that remove unnecessary literacy barriers and that develop the key course-related language, literacy and numeracy. It requires education and training providers to take a whole-organisation approach to literacy.