Literacy and Numeracy Skills Building


Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows us to communicate effectively and to make sense of the world. To be numerate is to confidently and effectively use mathematics to meet the everyday demands of life. Having good literacy and numeracy skills are important factors in getting and keeping a job. If you need help with literacy and numeracy, there are a number of programs and organisations to help out.

Programs aimed at building literacy and numeracy skills

Skills for Education and Employment

Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) is a program run by the government to help develop speaking, reading, writing or basic maths skills to improve the chances of you getting and keeping a job.

  • 10 to 20 hours a week
  • in small groups, in a friendly environment with other people who face difficulties with reading, writing and maths
  • provided by professional staff with experience in teaching adult learners
  • intended to make it easier for you to do things like fill in forms, write letters, prepare resumés and job applications
  • developed to give you more confidence when looking for work
  • available in your own home through distance education for carers and others who may have difficulty in attending face to face training

The reading and writing hotline

This is a key starting point to find out what literacy courses might be available near you.

When you ring the Hotline a consultant will talk to you about your reading, writing, spelling or maths needs and give you details of the adult literacy and numeracy classes available in your local area. If there are no suitable classes available locally the Hotline consultant will give you details of how you can get support by distance delivery. The Hotline consultant can also help you:

  • Get support with your learning if you are a trainee or an apprentice
  • Get information about workplace language and literacy programs

Call them on 1300 6555 06