NALA policy event 22 September 2011
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NALA policy event 22 September 2011



NALA held this event during National Literacy Awareness Week 2011. We heard from:...

NALA held this event during National Literacy Awareness Week 2011. We heard from:
* PIAAC - upcoming adult literacy survey;
* A Trade Union perspective;
* A Business perspective;
* An Equality perspective; and
* Minister for Training and Skills.



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  • Working together -Realising potentialLiteracy and numeracy: essentiallifelong learning throughout life22 September 2011
  • Working together – Realising potential• Why adult literacy matters in Irish society Inez Bailey, Director, NALA• Presenting the Evidence: Programme for international assessment for adult competencies (PIAAC) Donal Kelly, PIAAC Programme Manager, CSO• A Trade Union perspective John Douglas, Vice-President, ICTU and General Secretary, MANDATE• A Business perspective Kara McGann, Policy Executive, IBEC• An Equality perspective Sean Healy, Social Justice Ireland• Adult Literacy: the State response Ciaran Cannon, Minister for Training and Skills
  • Why adult literacymatters in Irish society Inez Bailey, NALA View slide
  • What is literacy? Writing Listening and speaking TechnologyReading Self confidence and self esteemMaths View slide
  • Realising potentialLiteracy and numeracy: essential lifelong learning throughout life Consumer I manage my Family finances better I help my by comparing children prices to getCommunity the best value. with their homework. I spoke at a resident’s association meeting. Health Literacy means I’m eating Reading Decision better and Writing making managing Numbers Problem my diabetes.Citizenship Computers solving Confidence Learn to Setting goals learn I used my vote for the first time Personal ever. fulfilment I joined the I’m on a library. training programme I filled in an to upskill. application form for a Education supervisors role. Employment
  • NALA Campaign 2011 Community and voluntary sector • Barnardos Children and •Children’s young people •Age Action Rights • Irish Association of Alliance Older People (CRA)• Carer’s Association • Irish Senior Citizen’s •NYCI• Community Worker’s ParliamentCoop (CWC) • Older and Bolder• European Anti-Poverty • Disability FederationNetwork (EAPN) Ireland• Gay and Lesbian • Rehab Group ICTU Trade unionsNetwork (GLEN) • St. John of Gods SIPTU• INOU • St. Michael’s House MANDATE• ILDN • NDA CWU• Irish Rural Link • Immigrant Council of• St Vincent de Paul INTO Ireland• Social Justice Ireland ASTI • Irish Refugee Council• The Wheel • Migrant Rights TUI• Vincentian Partnership Centre UNITE• NWCI • Focus Ireland• Older Women’s • Simon CommunitiesNetwork • Threshold• Rape Crisis Network • Ana Liffey Drug• Women’s Aid Project• OPEN • Merchants Quay IBEC Employers• One Family • Soilse• Irish Traveller • AWARE Research ISMEMovement • Mental Health• National Traveller Ireland ESRI bodiesWomen’s Forum NESC•Pavee Point TASC
  • NALA Campaign Questions1. Policy• External: Is adult literacy considered and referred to in your organisation’s policies?• Internal: What literacy-friendly policies do you have in your organisation?2. Practice• How do you deliver your services to take into account adults with literacy needs?3. Access• How do you ensure people with literacy needs access your services fully?• Do you encourage people to engage in learning?
  • NALA Campaign 2012• Ongoing development work with organisations already contacted.• Start working with the next set of organisations. For example: – Local Authorities • National Adult Literacy Awareness Week to showcase outcomes from work in 2012.
  • PIAAC Programme for the International Assessment of Adult CompetenciesDonal Kelly, Project Manager, Central Statistics Office, Cork
  • What is PIAAC? A major new OECD survey of adult skills • IALS (1995) and ALLs (2003) • 25 countries – 130,000 adults worldwide • Ireland - 5,000 respondents aged between 16 and 65 • Background Questionnaire (30mins) • Skills (computer or paper-based , 1 hour) Distribution of adult skills across the population • “Cognitive Foundation” skills • Literacy • Numeracy • Problem-solving in ICT environment10
  • Why PIAAC?  “OECD’s breakthrough survey on adult competencies, PIAAC, will provide …  a unique and effective tool to assess where [we] stand in terms of the quantity and quality of the knowledge and skills of [our] workforce  insights into how skills relate to the social and economic well- being of individuals  and also benchmark how effectively education and training systems meet emerging skill demands." -- Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General --11
  • PIAAC features  Up-to-date information - 16 years since IALS  Sophisticated computer-based instrument  Richer data (timings and strategies)  Adaptive testing  Introduction of Problem-solving module in ICT environment  Link to IALS for Literacy trends  Comparative international data12
  • Numeracy – L3 Correct Response: Any value between ‐4 and ‐513
  • Literacy – L314
  • Problem-solving – L415
  • Outcomes – what will PIAAC provide?  Profile of adult proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving  Focus on weaker performers in Literacy domain  5 levels – still under discussion  Skills proficiency distributed among various socio- demographic groups  The skills of workers and skills utilization in the workplace  Economic and social outcomes of adult skills  Development of skills proficiency16
  • Thematic reports – long-term  Digital literacy & ICT usage  Focus on population with low levels of proficiency  Skills mismatch  Ageing and cognitive skills  Cognitive skills of youth  Skill formation among adults (LLL)  Social outcomes of skills  Skills and labour market outcomes  Skills of immigrants  Link to PISA17
  • Timeline  Data collection currently underway (until March 2012)  1st International report - October 2013  National report - October 2013  Public use dataset – October 2013  Web-based software to interrogate data  Tabular and statistical output18
  • For more information: piaac@cso.ie19
  • A Trade Union Perspective John Douglas,MANDATE and ICTU
  • Working together – Realising potentialA business perspectiveKara McGann, Policy Executive
  • A business perspective People are our competitive advantage and our route to success Literacy and numeracy concerns in the workplace – The individual – The customer – The organisation • Costs
  • The benefits of supporting basic skills in the workplace Morale and motivation Time-keeping and attendance Improved safety Customer satisfaction Attention to quality Reduction in wastage Communication Ability to promote from within
  • An Equality Perspective Sean Healy, Social Justice Ireland
  • Adult Literacy: the State response Ciaran Cannon, TD,Minister for Training and Skills
  • Panel Discussion Questions and answers
  • Further informationNALASandford Lodge CloseRanelaghDublin 6 (01) 412 7900Website: www.nala.ieLearning website: