Job Posting – Literacy and Numeracy Facilitator


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Occasionally, I post or repost jobs relating to the adult literacy and numeracy education sector. Here’s a good one.

My friends at The Learning Wave are looking for LN Facilitators. They’re a great bunch to work for. I know as I’ve worked with them on the professional development side of things for just a little under 10 years.

If you’re a graduate of the NCALNE (Voc) or NZCALNE (Voc) and you’re looking for interesting work that combines adult literacy and numeracy with business outcomes then you should apply.

The Learning Wave have a very open mind about the location of facilitators and ways of engaging with them… What they’re after is trainers with the “X” factor. I know that applies to many of our graduates.

Because of the growth that they have forecasted, they may also be interested in people working as associates in other major facets such as leadership, health and safety leadership or learning design.

There’s a generic email address for enquiries here: roles@thelearningwave.com if you want to send a CV or bio and areas of interest.

The full job ad is here on Seek. And I’ve pasted it in below as well.


The Learning Wave are seeking people who have:

  • the empathy and patience required to work with diverse groups of learners within a team committed to the delivery of high-quality personal and business learning outcomes
  • relevant and engaging front-line, adult learning delivery skills and experience
  • the ability to support learners on a journey that is linked to business outcomes
  • a qualification such as the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy or its equivalent.

You will be working as an associate of The Learning Wave to deliver integrated workplace literacy and numeracy programmes to a number of our business clients.

You will deliver learning programmes on-site to small groups (typically 6-9 learners). The programmes are tailored to meet the specific business requirements of our clients and their employees. You will have varied hours and work locations that will be throughout New Zealand, depending on the client’s programme and worksites.

You need to have a good understanding and experience of facilitating adult literacy and numeracy programmes in workplaces. You must be eligible to work in NZ to apply for this role. If you’re the right person, we can discuss whether this is a contractor or full-time role.

About The Learning Wave:

The Learning Wave is one of the largest government-funded workplace literacy and numeracy providers in New Zealand. Operating since 2005, we have worked with many organisations throughout New Zealand to integrate workplace literacy and numeracy skills into organisational change programmes. We have some exciting opportunities to grow our business in 2018 and need to make sure we have the right team of facilitators who can deliver to our clients.

Please send your covering letter and CV by Monday 16th October 2017.

Experienced Workplace Literacy Contract Tutors required: Napier-Hastings


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From time to time, people ask me to post job ads. I’m always happy to do so. Here’s the latest one as of Feb 2017. All contact to the organisation please. Cheers, Graeme.

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 a site in Napier The role reports to the Education Manager (off campus).

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 from diverse cultural backgrounds, 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.

If you have the qualifications, we’d love to hear from you immediately.

For a confidential conversation, phone Rachel on 06 349 1258 or 027 348 2439.

Applications close 8 March 2017

Apply to Rachel Smith

rachel@trainingforyou.co.nz

Work available: ELP Auckland West


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From time to time, I post job advertisement for people. I’m happy to do it. Just let me know. Also, don’t forget that you can do the NCALNE (Voc) and new NZCALNE (Voc) with us – email assess@alec.ac.nz for details.


English Language Partners Auckland West, based in New Lynn, have part time work available from 6 – 8 pm to teach in the English for Employees course

The English For Employees (E4E) programme

The E4E programme is a programme designed to teach adult Non-English Speaking Background (NESB) learners, ESOL (English language and literacy) to help them increase their confidence, contribution and satisfaction in the workplace.

Hours / locations

To be eligible for the E4E programmes, learners need to be currently employed.  This means that lessons take place in the evenings.  E4E is a 45 hour programme.

Qualifications and experience required to teach the E4E programme

  • A tertiary qualification in TESOL  at level 5 or above (e.g. graduate certificate,
  • Bachelor’s degree, post- grad diploma or degree such as CELTA, Cert TESOL, Cert TEAL, Dip SLT)
  • A qualification such as the NCALNE (National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy EducatION).
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, workplace literacy tuition is an advantage.
  • Experience in teaching ESOL and/or adult literacy is also desirable

All teachers on the English for Employees programme will be required to complete a specialised training programme involving (paid) pre-service training of 1 day, a teacher project and a programme of ongoing Professional Development.

The job will suit a person who is self-motivated and who would enjoy the challenge of helping new New Zealanders to reach their full potential at work.

Please email your CV and a cover letter to: jean.harding@englishlanguage.org.nz.  We are not able to consider applications unless they have both a covering letter AND a CV.

Applications close on Friday 27 January 2017.  The first class will start in February.

Applicants for this position must have the right to work in New Zealand- NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

 

Four Tools For Building Cool Stuff Online: Or How To Start Thinking Outside The Box


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I went to the Supercharge conference the other day in Wellington. This was a business conference… nothing to do with literacy, numeracy or even education (I know… thank goodness right…?)

Lots of cool stuff. The coolest though was the 40-minute presentation by Justin Wilcox of Customer Development Labs.

At the start of his presentation, he said that in the 40 minutes that he had to speak he was going to do the following:

  1. Come up with a product idea.
  2. Get some customer feedback.
  3. Build a website
  4. Launch the product

Considering that by the time he had said all this he only had about 35 minutes left I think we were all rather skeptical.

But he pulled it off. And these were the tools that he used:

1. Customer Discovery Ninja

Just this on its own was very cool to see in action. The Customer Discovery Ninja is a tool that allows you to connect to potential customers in North America. They sign up because they have time on their hands and get a small reward for participating.

Justin had decided that he wanted to create some kind of Fitness Tracking App, so he had selected various categories and subcategories in the Customer Discovery Ninja. And ended up with something relating to fitness, weight loss, and diet as the key areas.

From there, he opened the phone line and waited for the call. 10 minutes later someone connected and we listened to him interview a guy in New York who was struggling with diet and weight loss issues.

After a few minutes, it was clear that what this guy needed was not a fitness tracking app, but some kind of product that allowed him to track what was working when it came to diet.

So based on the dialogue, Justin switched away from his initial idea to the diet tracking idea. And then he had about 10 minutes left to do everything else.

2. Instapage

And this is mostly what he used: Instapage. Within about 2 minutes, he had built two landing pages for his new product. Instapage allows you to create web pages via drag and drop.

And then he  created an alternate version of the page so that you could do A/B testing. Instapage makes this really easy. I haven’t tried any of this yet, but based on the demo I think it’s all doable.

3. Powtoon

From here, Justin wanted to jazz up the landing page a bit with a short animated video. For this he used Powtoon. Powtoon advertises itself as an alternative to Powerpoint. It;s drag and drop like Powerpoint or Keynote, but you end up with a animation at the end.

So another 2 minutes to create a short animation. And then he imported this into the Instapage landing pages.

4. Celery

Finally, he wanted a button on the landing page to take pre-orders for the product. So he used Celery for this. Celery is very simple. It’s just a button for taking credit card information for pre-orders. Buyers don’t get charged until your product launches.

And then he launched it.

So Justin didn’t actually create the product, but he did something that was in line with the lean startup method: Come up with a minimal viable product idea and then see if anyone would buy it.

From here, he would be able to take pre-orders to fund the development of the actual product.

It was fast and dirty. But it was impressive.

Justin practises what he preaches as well. And you can have a look at his series of books on how to implement this kind of thinking at his website here: The Focus Framework.

This stuff is cool. I wish I knew this when I started in business. Talking to Justin afterwards, he said that everyone wishes the same thing. And that we all come to these conclusions late.

In my field, we tend to be good at what we do. But this is only in terms of our technical skills. We get professional development and training in these areas.

But we are often rubbish at the skills we need to use our technical skills to build and run a sustainable business. We don’t know how to make a buck… to put it in crude terms.

Most of all, I think we need this kind of thinking in education: Customer validation, lean startup methodology, designing a minimum viable product, product testing.

And then quickly pivoting when it’s obvious that something isn’t working. Unfortunately, the regulatory environment (both TEC and NZQA) act in ways that run counter to this kind of thinking.

This is not their fault. But it’s time to start thinking outside the box.

Really thinking outside the box.

Literacy & Numeracy Job Vacancies: Kaiako / Tutor Positions With Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Corrections


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Here’s the first job vacancy announcement for the Job Board from my friends at Te Wananga O Aotearoa.

Seems fitting that it’s International Literacy Day. Perhaps you should celebrate by getting a new job.

Did I say that there are 14 positions available? This is exciting work moving forward in the most challenging teaching environment you can find anywhere.

We still have a handful of places available in our professional development course if you need to get the qualification mentioned below.

Feel free to comment. Pasted in below:

Kaiako/Tutor – Literacy & Numeracy Support Services (14 positions)

Fixed term (until 30 June 2018), full time
Ref: 15DIDG487 – Northern, Central and Lower Northern Regions

He karanga tēnei ki te hunga e kai ngākau nui ana ki te kaupapa o Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. Mā te hoe kotahi ka haere kotahi atu

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is working with the Department of Corrections to provide literacy and numeracy support services (LNSS) throughout NZ correctional facilities within the Northern/Central and the Lower Northern Regions at this stage. We invite applications from passionate, professional and energetic individuals for the Kaiako / Tutor positions.

Reporting to the Regional Manager the primary function of the Kaiako role is to deliver Literacy & Numeracy Support Services (LNSS) within the Prison environment to support Tauira / Learner gain in literacy and numeracy life and vocational skills to enable tauira to pathway into further education.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assessing tauira and interpreting their results using the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults’ Assessment tool (LNAAT);
  • Developing teaching materials such as handouts and study materials as required to support learning;
  • Developing, implementing, evaluating and reporting on learner progression using Tauira Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s);
  • Facilitating learning sessions to increase tauira knowledge, skills and competence;
  • Maintaining records of tauira assessment results, attendance registers, progress and feedback.

Qualifications and experience include:

  • Holding or working towards The National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (NCALNE) (Voc) (Level 5) qualification as a minimum;
  • NZQA unit standard 4098;
  • 2 years’ experience successfully delivering training to at risk or second chance learners is essential;
  • The ability to pass a stringent Police check to enable access to corrections facilities and delivering Literacy and Numeracy training in the prison context; and
  • The ability to understand and converse in te reo Māori at a basic level and an understanding of Māori values, culture and tikanga would be an advantage.

As the successful candidate you will be required to complete the Department of Corrections on site induction in addition to the Te Wānanga o Aotearoa induction process.

To apply for this position you must complete an application form which you will find on the previous web page along with the position description for this role. Send your application along with an updated CV and a cover letter to –

hrdept@twoa.ac.nz or HR Department, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, PO Box 151, Te Awamutu 3840 Enquiries to 0800 777 404

Closes 5:00pm, 21 September 2015