Dyslexia no obstacle for Plumbing ‘Rockstar’

Part of the role of Skills is to provide support to both apprentices with learning differences and employers. Check out our video and see how Harrison and Quix Commercial have got it made.

Find out more about Harrison and his journey. 

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For employers

Many New Zealanders don’t have the literacy or numeracy skills to fully engage in their jobs, at home, and in their communities. Some of these people may even be in your workplace.

Higher literacy and numeracy levels mean better communication with customers and colleagues, more efficient handling of tasks, and the confidence to contribute more to your business and New Zealand's economy.

If you would like to strengthen the skills of your workforce in these areas, let us know. We can help.

We also provide support to employers who have employees with dyslexia. Our brochure, Dyslexia in the Workplace, provides useful strategies to help you support your dyslexic employees to thrive and succeed.

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For Trainees/Learners

Do you have really strong practical skills but find the reading and writing tasks hard?  Do you know what you want to say but it just doesn’t come out the way you want it to? Growing your literacy and numeracy skills will not only help you at work, but it will also help you with many other tasks that you have to do in everyday life.

Nikita Upper Hut Plumbing Gas

Ask yourself these questions – do you want to:

  • Improve your writing skills for work or study?
  • Understand graphs, charts, and other visual information?
  • Do measurements and calculations better?
  • Speak to and understand others better at work?
  • Read complicated specifications or detailed instructions?
  • Have a better understanding of tax or KiwiSaver works?
  • Learn good study and exam techniques?

Skills support learners with all these areas, and more. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

How Skills helps

Skills have a dedicated team that provides support to both employers and trainees. If you or one of your trainees needs support with literacy, numeracy, or other areas of learning, we're here to help.

We provide:


A snapshot of literacy and numeracy skills

Our online literacy and numeracy assessments help individuals identify any potential learning needs. We can then provide the right level of learning support.


Online resources

The internet is a huge place, and we know exactly where to look for help. We provide links to free and useful online resources that can help build up your skills.


Specialised learning support

Do you have specialised learning needs? Not a problem. Whether it's through one-on-one support or part of a wider programme, we make sure your voice is heard and help you with the tools you need to stay on top of your learning.

So don’t be shy – you're not alone! Just give our team or your Skills Account Manager a call.

Need a helping hand with your training? We're just a call away.

We want all our learners to have the skills and confidence to make the most of their training. If you need support with your learning, please get in touch with one of our team.

Lee Agnew
Vocational Literacy Manager
09 583 1347
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Dharmesh Parikh
Vocational Literacy Adviser
09 583 1351
Email Dharmesh