The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults recently published a few short clips on their website that show our instructors successfully incorporating practical literacy and numeracy skills into trade training, including agriculture and horticulture, construction and carpentry.

The clips are a great example of how our instructors engage constructively with offenders while helping them to develop literacy and numeracy skills. In the clips, instructors and offenders share their experience of the programme, how it contributes to learning a trade, and to positive change in their personal lives. You can view the clips here.

The Department of Corrections has supported over 100 instructors to achieve the National Certificate in Adult Literacy and Numeracy Education Level 5. This training has underpinned the embedding of literacy and numeracy skills within our Offender Employment trades training programmes.

Prisoners participating in embedded literacy and numeracy training are showing improved rates of trades training course completion and qualification achievement.

The Department is committed to increasing the level of literacy, education and employment training available to offenders. As a result, more will have the skills and experience needed by employers, and for successful placement in long term employment.

Research shows that participation in education and employment can significantly reduce the risk of re-offending following release from prison. Corrections is committed to achieving its goal of reducing re-offending by 25% by 2017.

The National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults focuses on enhancing the lives of New Zealanders through improved literacy and numeracy outcomes for adults.