Reading, writing and maths
Help with reading, writing and maths is out there.
If you’d like to read, write or do maths better, a good place to find help is the 26Ten website (or ring 1300 00 2610). Libraries Tasmania is a partner of 26TEN and all the libraries in the state provide a one-on-one literacy service for Tasmanian adults who have trouble reading. You can call 26TEN or your local library directly to book in with the Literacy Coordinator. The Coordinator will complete an assessment and pair you up with a trained volunteer tutor for (usually) weekly sessions in a private room at the library.
Being able to read, write and do maths has been taken for granted in the jobs market, but governments, businesses and communities are starting to understand that some people have missed out, through no fault of there own. 26Ten is getting this message out, and letting us know how much we’ll all benefit when more adult Tasmanians can read, write and do maths better.
As a job seeker, you might also be eligible for the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program. If you have an employment service provider such as jobactive, it may be able to refer you to this program. It gives up to 650 hours of reading, writing and maths assistance to help you do better in training and work.
Both 26Ten and SEE assistance are offered in many places around Tasmania.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency and recovery, TasTAFE is offering short online courses and “skill sets”, including options in reading, writing, and maths for work and trade. For more information, see SKILL UP in the “Education and training resources” section below.
If you think you’ll find it hard to tell someone you have trouble with reading, writing or maths, maybe watch Maree’s Story and Tom’s Story on the 26Ten website, to see what a difference it has made to the lives of these older Tasmanians.