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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.

Unlocking the potential of New Zealanders is at the heart of what we do. We want to make sure each of your learners has the tools and support they need to reach their goals.

That's why growing literacy and numeracy levels is a high priority for Skills. We work with businesses, industry, training providers, and others to support and grow New Zealanders' literacy and numeracy skills. Everyone has a role to play in helping New Zealanders get the most out of their training, work, and life.

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

For Trainees/Learners

Do you need learning support?

Do you struggle with reading, writing, counting, and similar tasks at work and in your training? Did you have bad experiences with your learning at school?

When we talk about support for literacy and numeracy, it's not just about words and numbers. It touches every aspect of what takes place in the workplace.

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

How Skills helps

Skills has 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.

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 give you 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.

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.

Subject-specific learning 'bytes'

We are building a bank of subject-specific resources relevant to your industry. Watch this space for exciting new developments!


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

Email Lee

Dharmesh Parikh

Vocational Literacy Adviser

09 583 1351

Email Dharmesh