Adult Learning Progressions explained in workplace language

The Industry Training Federation has commissioned resources to explain the Adult Learning Progressions in “workplace language”.  These resources which include employer’s guide videos are on the Skills Highway website and can be accessed here:

Read with understanding – Skills highway

Write to communicate – Skills highway

Numeracy – Skills highway

Literacy Support Providers

There are a range of literacy organisations across New Zealand that may be available to work with employers and their employees.  Please note that Careerforce does not endorse these literacy organisations. 

English Language Partners (ELP)

ELP teach English for work and everyday life in New Zealand, helping new Kiwis learn the English they need to participate and live independent lives.
If you have employees with English as their second language and you feel they are struggling with workplace communications, they may be eligible for TEC funded Workplace English tuition. English Language Partners specialise in teaching English as a second language and run specific workplace programmes that are contextualised to your communications processes. To be eligible for this funding, the learners must have permanent residency.

ATC Professional

ATC Professional is a large and diverse organisation which is extremely experienced with intensive, embedded and workplace literacy. They partner with businesses to identify and meet workplace literacy outcomes under the TEC Workplace Literacy fund.
Location: Head office Hamilton, campuses Auckland and Christchurch.
Contact: Glenda Hamilton:

Capital Training

Capital Training has a TEC Workplace Literacy Fund contract and have historically worked with a number of different employers, including employees in the elderly residential care homes across the region.
Location: Greater Wellington region.
Contact: Susan Turnbull:


WelTec has extensive capability, a broad base of programmes, services and intellectual property and a range of partners. ESOL training to international students, and literacy and numeracy training for adults.
Location: Greater Wellington region.
Contact: Peter Scanlan:


HLC has been involved in the delivery of TEC’s Workplace Literacy Programme since 2008. This involvement included supporting care givers who were studying to gain their National Certificate in Community Support Service, or ACE qualifications and required reading, writing or numeracy assistance to successfully complete the modules.
Location: HLC works primarily in the Horowhenua /Kapiti regions.
Contact: Stewart Thompson:

Workforce Development Ltd

Workforce Development will work with your organisation to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of your employees, so they can participate fully in industry training with Careerforce. Our tutors are trained teachers with experience in coaching adults, who will utilise your workplace resources to work with your staff, adding value to your work environment.
Location: National.
Contact: Jan Crawford:

The Learning Wave

The Learning Wave design, deliver and evaluate learning programmes and LN skills development initiatives to integrate learning into culture change that produces effective organisational improvements.
Location: National
Contact: David O’Connor:

Edvance Ltd

Edvance specialises in enhancing workplace practices through up-skilling employees and educating employers. Their tutors are trained teachers with extensive knowledge and experience in adult teaching, facilitation, corporate training, teaching and development of core skills, digital literacy, communication, literacy, numeracy and leadership.
Location: Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty
Contact: Amanda Roberts:

Literacy North Shore

Literacy North Shore is a not for profit, community and workplace provider of literacy and numeracy services. Over the past few years the organisation has worked with a number of local health sector providers including IHC, Creative Abilities and Pasifika Integrated Health
Location:: Auckland (North Shore)
Contact:: Jane Rigby:

Adult Literacy Trust

The Adult Literacy Trust provides literacy tuition for rural adults and other isolated adults. They also provide staff training for tutors needing to embed literacy or numeracy in their courses and supervisors dealing with low literacy employees.
Location: National
Contact: Wendy Wyatt

Training for You, Whanganui

Training For You is an approved Literacy & Numeracy provider with both the Tertiary
Education Commission (TEC) and the Ministry of Social Development. As well as a wide range of industry organisations, Training For You delivers Workplace Literacy programmes to staff at aged-care facilities, on campus and at various other workplace environments.
Location: Campus is situated in middle North island, but delivers throughout New Zealand
Contact: Emma Murphy –


Sadlers delivers workplace Literacy programmes for up to 40 hours per person within a calendar year where possible. This training is bespoke, so it can be a workplace communication programme focussing on up skilling around literacy, language and numeracy using workplace specific documentation (for example; incident forms, leave forms, company vision and values, in-house training programme documentation), or a supervisory communication course, such as our “Leading Edge” programme.
Contact: Maretha Campbell:

The Literacy Professionals at Languages International

The Literacy Professionals are language, literacy, numeracy and communications training specialists with experience working with a number of healthcare and cleaning sector employers.  They have Workplace Literacy Funding available and are prepared to support large or small numbers of learners.
Location: Auckland
Contact: Nick Moore

Literacy Aotearoa

Literacy Aotearoa is a national organisation of adult literacy providers and a leading commentator on literacy issues in Aotearoa (New Zealand).  They develop, promote and deliver accessible, quality literacy services designed to ensure the peoples of Aotearoa are critically literate and able to realise their full social, cultural and economic potential.
Location: Auckland
Contact: Bronwyn Yates

Pathways Awarua

The TEC has funded the development of a free online adult literacy and numeracy learning platform.  There is a range of modules to strengthen numeracy, reading and writing competencies.  Adults can register on the website and work at their own pace, in their own time.  We recommend that you suggest this resource to trainees who scored at low levels on the literacy and numeracy assessment.  You can register as an educator to monitor and support your trainees’ progress if you wish.