The National Government has big ambitions for adult learning.   It is crucial to lift the skills of the workforce.

In 2006, more than a million New Zealanders had literacy and numeracy skills below those needed to participate fully in today’s modern, high-skilled society.  We have invested more than $121 million in a range of literacy and numeracy initiatives since 2008, and seen the number of people taking advantage of these courses rise from 36,000 in 2010 to over 122,000 this year.

This work is crucial to lift the skills of the workforce, and of course, most people that will be in the workforce in the next 30 years are in the workforce today.  Not only is this important for productivity, but also for individuals and their families as research shows those with higher qualifications are also more likely to sustain long periods of employment.