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Foundation Skills Assessment Kit

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Foundation Skills Assessment Kit

Foundation Skills Resources

Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) are the essential underpinning skills that enable people to be productive in their work, to continue to learn and develop, and to participate fully in society. More than 7.5 million Australian adults do not have the literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in today’s workforce. LLN is part of a broader set of skills commonly referred to as Foundation Skills which are defined as the combination of:

  • English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) – listening, speaking, reading, writing, digital literacy and use of mathematical ideas; and
  • Employability skills, such as collaboration, problem solving, self-management, learning and information and communication technology (ICT) skills required for participation in modern workplaces and contemporary life.

Foundation Skills development includes both skills acquisition and the critical application of these skills in multiple environments for multiple purposes.

Resource Diggin’ in!

Addressing language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry.

This resource, funded through the Workplace English, Language and Literacy (WELL) program, is a guide for teachers, trainers and assessors who deliver training from the Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package. It focuses on how to develop the language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills required for work in the Coal Mining, Metalliferous Mining, Drilling, Quarrying and Civil Construction Industry sectors.

The resource provides practical advice and tools to assist trainers to develop core LLN skills that are integral to technical skill development in the Resources and Infrastructure Industry.

The guide has three main parts:

Part 1:  What are core LLN skills?

This first section covers the concept of core LLN skills, the LLN benchmarking tool, how to go about assessing LLN, and how to find LLN in training documentation and the workplace.

Part 2:  Developing core LLN skills

This section is organised around the five core skills and includes examples of activities that can be used to strengthen learners’ core LLN skills. The activities incorporate examples from the Resources and Infrastructure Industry, which could be contextualised for any sector.

Part 3:  What will help?

This section lists useful support resources

Download the Diggin’ In Resource (PDF 4.7 MB)

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