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ERIC Number: ED507152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9214-1347-6
Literacy and Numeracy Skills and Their Use by the Australian Workforce
Ryan, Chris; Sinning, Mathias
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Australia's ageing population has led to a focus on keeping workers in the labour market longer. This paper summarises the findings from the first year of a three-year research program investigating the role of vocational education and training (VET) for older workers. Examining the use of literacy and numeracy skills by older workers and how this affects their VET participation, the paper found that older workers used their skills as much as younger workers, and that older workers in more demanding jobs relative to their skills are more likely to undertake training, although at lower levels than younger workers. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.) [Funding for this document was provided through the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.]
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. P.O. Box 8288, Stational Arcade, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Tel: +61-8-230-8400; Fax: +61-8-212-3436; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia