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

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

Literacy & Numeracy Jobs Wanted: Setting Up LN Job Board


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Are you looking for staff with literacy and numeracy expertise and credentials?

If you have a literacy and numeracy related job to advertise, I will post it here for free. The same thing applies if you are looking for a contractor or consulting expertise relating to adult literacy and numeracy.

At the moment, I am only interested in jobs offered, not jobs wanted.

This is an experiment… And I’m happy to give it some time and energy thanks to the responses I got the other day (check out the comment section if you’re interested).

For the present time, I’m happy to post any literacy and numeracy related positions, jobs or contract work. I will post positions for literacy and numeracy related work in New Zealand, Australia, for online or remote work, and internationally if I get them.

This includes work where the job is for someone who is a dual professional, e.g. a specialist in some content area other than numeracy and literacy, but who has the skills to embed literacy and numeracy into that content. NCALNE qualified trades trainers and vocational tutors fall into this category.

And of course, I’ll post jobs that are for literacy and numeracy specialists.

Terms and conditions are whatever I feel like at the time and I reserve the right not to publish your company’s job or position if I think it’s dodgy or breaches my sense of ethics or any other rules I make up at any later stage.

Possible ideas for job postings could include any or all of these:

  • Vocational and trade-related training at levels 1 and 2 where literacy and numeracy are embedded.
  • Workplace Literacy (WPL) and numeracy education.
  • Intensive literacy and numeracy (ILN).
  • Adult literacy and numeracy education including professional development and related employment or contract work.
  • Any other foundation learning focused training where literacy and numeracy are required or desired.
  • Any management, support, coordination, or consulting positions where the focus is on supporting tutors or trainers in any of the roles above.

How do I do I get a job posted here?

For the present time, if you want to post a job here you can leave a message in the comment section of this blog post (or any post on my blog), and we’ll work out how to exchange the info.

I’ll probably ask you for the following:

  1. An relevant image that I can upload, e.g. your company logo or branding.
  2. The text for the job advertisement.
  3. An expiry date for the post.
  4. A commitment to answer any questions that people leave on the site regarding the job.
  5. A commitment to come back and comment when or if the position is filled.

I’ll probably just post your text “as is” but I also reserve the right to edit it or make comments as well.

If you think this is useful to someone, particularly someone in management who might not regularly see my blog, please consider sharing this post with them via one of the sharing buttons below. Or just message them with the short link to this page: http://wp.me/p1JmwP-LP

If I get any traction with this I may revisit my idea for some kind of voluntary “opt in” register of LN credentialed professionals who are currently active. Thanks for the support so far.

Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education (ALNE) Job Board: Anyone interested…?


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I’m thinking of adding a Job Board to my blog. Or alternatively, I might set up another site just to deal with this if it got a lot of traffic.

There aren’t that many jobs relating to literacy and numeracy and foundation learning, but then again the pool of talent is quite small as well.

Job postings could potentially include any of the following:

  • Vocational and trade-related training at levels 1 and 2 where literacy and numeracy are embedded.
  • Workplace Literacy (WPL) and numeracy education.
  • Intensive literacy and numeracy (ILN).
  • Adult literacy and numeracy education including professional development and related employment or contract work.
  • Any other foundation learning focused training where literacy and numeracy are required or desired.
  • Any management or coordination roles where the focus is on supporting tutors or trainers in any of the roles above.

Did I miss anything? Anyone interested if I set this up? Please comment and let me know. If I hear nothing, I’ll assume no interest.

How do you survive as a teacher or tutor in a rapidly changing education landscape?


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So… what to do about it? If you’re like me you probably think a lot about what you need to do to survive and hopefully thrive in a rapidly changing educational landscape.

Or if you don’t think about it you should…

You can hide for a while from the massive changes ahead for work, education, and play, but it’s better to do it on your own terms.

The answer, or at least, the answer for me, is this:

  • think more like an entrepreneur in the weird world of education.

This means that you’re on the path to becoming an edupreneur. Yes, it’s a word.

Having your own education business is not a prerequisite to thinking like an entrepreneur. It doesn’t matter where you fit in the organisation, you can start thinking more like an entrepreneur.

How do you do this? It’s about changing your mindset for starters. And the simplest way to do that is to start using the some of the tools that entrepreneurs use to manage and do their work.

What kinds of tools am I talking about? You want use tools that enable you do these things:

  1. Use cloud-based technologies: Often we do need physical time in physical locations with physical learners. But what about your other work including admin tasks? Are you set up to do this from anywhere? Can you cut the chain to your desk? Can you cut the chain to your laptop? What tools do you need to do this?
  2. Seek customer feedback: This sounds basic. But what feedback do you get from your learners and others in your sphere of influence. How do you know that what you’re delivering is any good? Does your evaluation process give you any useful information?
  3. Iterate your education product: The best products, including education products have been through, and continue to go through countless iterations – that is, cycles of change and tweaking and improvement. This is where high quality feedback from your learners and others is critical if you want to rise above the plateau of mediocracy that plagues much of education. These innovation cycles can be small, but they are necessary if you want to create
  4. Develop and publish audio content: Can you create rich audio content for your learners? How do you feel about listening to the sound of your own voice? As a 21st century educator you need to feel comfortable with the sound of your own voice. Do you know how to record digital audio content? Have you ever listened to a podcast? Could you podcast chunks of your content? What tools do you need to do this?
  5. Develop and publish video content: Can you create rich video content for your learners that they can access anywhere anytime? Do you know how to record digital video content, edit it, and upload it to Youtube and other platforms? What tools do you need for this?
  6. Communicate without relying on Email: Email is horribly broken for most people who work in any kind of bureaucracy. What alternatives do you have to email for communications? Can you message your learners or your team? How do you broadcast key messages from your organisation? What about key messages from you personally? What’s the best platform? How can you engage your learners in a conversation outside of face-to-face interactions and email? Again, what tools do you need here?

Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 5 for each of the above… Any thoughts?

How to get started on Assessment 2 of the NCALNE (Voc) on Maori Literacy and Numeracy


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If you’re feeling like you’re having a tough time getting started on Assessment 2 of your NCALNE (Voc) on Maori Literacy and Numeracy there are quite a few resources here on my blog.

Some are feeling a little dated now and are likely to get a refresh over 2015 and moving forward, but for now here’s a plan that you could follow:

  1. Make sure you’re familiar with the latest version of our assessment template. Email us on assess@alec.ac.nz if you need a copy.
  2. Also, all of the content for Assessment 2 is on Pathways Awarua and the instructions are here if you need to register. We have a unique join code we can supply if you haven’t already joined.
  3. Don’t forget that you probably have our ALEC Study Guide and you could skim through the material in Section 2 relating to Maori LN.
  4. Make sure your familiar with the concepts and approaches listed here.
  5. There is video content available on our Youtube channel and my blog relating to Maori LN as well which includes most of the slides I use when I do this training live with groups.
  6. You can listen to me talking through the assessment requirements here in an audio-only podcast.
  7. There’s a nice easy-to-read piece by Dr Pita Sharples here.
  8. There’s a timeline of key events in Maori LN history available here.
  9. There are a few links to different Maori LN initiatives here.
  10. You can watch a short explanation of Te Whare Tapawha here by Aroha Puketapu from the TEC.
  11. There’s also some content on Pacific LN initiatives here which relates to one particular question.
  12. Get started on Assessment Task 1: You’ve got two choices here. EITHER you can click on the Assessment Module 1 in Pathways Awarua and do it online. The Assessment modules are below the orange ribbon (the content modules are above the ribbon). OR you can work from the template in the ALEC Assessment Guide.
  13. Get in touch if you have any questions. If you’re not sure what to do then get in touch with us. Again, send an email to assess@alec.ac.nz or ring or txt me. My phone number is in the course materials as well. Happy to talk anytime and provide whatever support or guidance you need.

Now… go for it…!

Group Observation Checklist for Listening & Speaking


This post carries on my collection of a few different diagnostic assessment tools for use with learners with literacy and numeracy issues. So far I’ve looked at:

The one below is a group observation checklist for discussion-based listening and speaking skills. This is also a stripped down, and now heavily modified version of some of the material that you can find in the Learning Progressions for Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

Once again, just so it’s clear: this is an observation checklist for a tutor or trainer to use when observing a group of learners engaged in a discussion task of some kind.

Like the other one, it’s a simple checklist that allows you to check off whether you are observing different kinds of behaviours that may indicate that learners in a group need further training with regards to discussion-based listening and speaking skills.

Again, this checklist could be part of your needs analysis and diagnostic process. Use your findings to target explicit learner and group skill development in the required areas.

You can score the answers with this one as well so you can compare over time. The higher the score, the more likely that the group needs some work in these areas.

Here’s the download link. The PDF should be the same as the images below:

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