Experienced Workplace Literacy Contract Tutors required: Christchurch, Timaru and Dunedin


[Disclaimer: I am not associated with TrainingForYou or these positions. But I’m always happy to post ads for jobs here if you have them.We do, of course, offer the NCALNE (Voc) through Pathways Awarua and ALEC]

Training For You Ltd is an award-winning tertiary education provider that believes that education is the key to making a difference in the lives of learners. A commitment to a partnership approach is what makes our programmes successful for learners (employees) and the businesses they work within.

We are seeking experienced literacy tutors who can effectively and efficiently design, develop and deliver quality contextualised teaching and learning activities that engage, challenge and stimulate learning, and improve literacy and numeracy skills, while also meeting the operational goals of the business which the programme is designed for.

These tutor positions are on a contract basis and are likely to be part-time delivering a Workplace Literacy programme within a national business with sites in Timaru, Christchurch and Dunedin. The role reports to the Education Manager, who is based in Whanganui.

To be effective in this role you must be able to

  • Understand the impact of the literacy and numeracy demands and needs of the workplace on employees (learners) with low levels of literacy and numeracy
  • Design and deliver customised and contextualised training packages for the business based on agreed outcomes
  • Profile the literacy and numeracy abilities of the learners, and understand how to modify teaching to meet the needs of the individual learners
  • Implement specialised literacy assistance one-on-one for learners with very high needs
  • Undertake accurate and timely programme administration and reporting
  • Reflect on teaching practice and continuously improve quality of delivery

Successful applicants will have the following:

  • NCALNE or a specialist literacy qualification
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • A professional approach to working with businesses and learners
  • Current or recent experience in the delivery of Literacy and Numeracy programmes
  • Full, clean Driver licence
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, in both group and one-to-one settings
  • Proven strategies for working with students with learning difficulties
  • Competent use of Microsoft Office programmes
  • Advanced organisational and time management skills

Applicants who do not currently hold a NZ working visa or permanent NZ residency or citizenship need not apply.

We have immediate demand and will interview as soon as suitable applications are received.

Applications close 15 July 2016

Apply to Kelley O’Hara


Applications can also be made on the Seek website:


How important is it that we also focus on ESOL learners in the new NZCALNE qualification?

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The new version of the adult literacy and numeracy education qualification includes a focus on English language learners. This increases the relevancy of the qualification for tutors who teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL).

We’ll build this content in regardless, but what I’d like some feedback on is how important this is to people.

Here are some more things to think about if this affects you, your staff, or your learners

Which Pasifika framework should we use for adult literacy and numeracy in the new NZCALNE (Voc)?

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This is new to the qualification. Unlike the Maori frameworks, Pasifika frameworks are less well known.

Another issue is that there are frameworks that are specific to particular cultures and language groups. For example, I haven’t listed the individual frameworks in the poll, but they exist for Tokelauan, Cook Island Maori Tongan, Samoan, and Tongan.


Which concepts from Te Ao Maori should we focus on in the new NZCALNE (Voc)…?

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Here’s another thing that I’d like some feedback on. In the new NZCALNE qualification, we have some flexibility over which concepts and approaches from learner-centred adult teaching.

The range statement in the new unit standard is listed above in the poll. If you think they’re all equally important, then tick them all.

Otherwise, just tick the ones that you think we should focus on with our vocational tutors.

Anything else to say? Please let me know in the comments.

Which frameworks from Te Ao Maori work best for adult literacy and numeracy?

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The new NZCALNE qualification allows for a more explicit focus on the different frameworks that should underpin our teaching. This includes frameworks from a Maori worldview perspective.

One of the easiest Maori frameworks to communicate is Mason Durie’s Te Whare Tapawha framework. This got removed from the previous update to US21204, but we kept using it anyway.

There are other frameworks, however. Vote here and let us know what you think about this. Any thoughts to the comment section please.

Which definitions should we use for literacy and numeracy in the new NZCALNE Course?

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Here’s another thing. Currently, we use the existing definitions published by the TEC for literacy and numeracy.

We could change this and make use of other definitions. For example, the OECD have their own definitions.

Let me know what you think? Chime in, in the comments, if you have more to say.

What’s going to replace the NCALNE? And do you want to help me design the new NZCALNE?

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We have some flexibility around how we structure the new version of the NCALNE (Voc) qualification.

The new qualification, which will replace the old NCALNE over the next few years, is called the New Zealand Certificate in Adult Literacy & Numeracy Education (Vocational) – or NZCALNE (Voc) for short.

The new unit standards for the new NZCALNE aren’t on the framework yet, even though the qualification is.

I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to change in terms of how we’ve been delivering the course. Above is what I’m pondering at the moment.

Please vote if you want to be part of the process for influencing the design. And add comments as well if you have anything else to say about it.