A recent survey by the Australian Industry Group has revealed that more than 90% of employers say low levels of workforce literacy and numeracy are harming their businesses. AIG said occupations with highly-educated workers are expanding much more rapidly than other occupations. It has recommended a national approach to address the situation. It has called for measures such as a new foundation skills strategy to build workplace skills, the development of employer networks to deal with the problem and an increase in the number of qualified language, literacy and numeracy teachers. AIG is calling for a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy skills to deal with the way the economy is changing. At the same time the international Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) found 44 per cent of Australians have literacy proficiency skills levels below level 3 and 55 per cent of Australians have numeracy proficiency skills below level 3.
Source: Manufacturers Monthly