West Tamar Council staff were among those to gather at Government House on Friday, October 26 to celebrate 26TEN Week.
Launched in 2012, 26TEN is a network of organisations and individuals working together to improve adult literacy in Tasmania.
The council has been working TasTAFE literacy specialist teacher Deb Guntrip as part of the program, after receiving a 26TEN employer grant.
West Tamar Council HR specialist Julie Tolputt said the literacy and numeracy training had helped build the confidence of staff.
“The West Tamar Council values training and so working with 26TEN and TasTAFE, really makes sense,” she said.
“As we introduce new ways of doing things and communicate more with our field crews via email, we know we also need to lift reading, writing and computers skills.”
“The value of a 26TEN grant is that it allows Deb from TasTAFE to come into the Council to work one-on-one with employees.”
Wayne Johnston has been attending sessions with Ms Guntrip to improve his literacy skills.
The grader driver, who started with the council more than 20 years ago, said the training had introduced him to skills outside of his daily routine.
“There was no technology back when I started,” he said.
“I drive a grader, which means I never needed to touch a computer, and I’m not very good at reading and writing.”
“Now, I’m getting there with emails and slowly learning to use the keyboard.
“Deb’s taught me you just need to understand a few words in an email and you can work out what it’s about.
“She’s very understanding and helps me with forms and other paperwork.”
Deb Guntrip said working in adult literacy had a positive impact on her own life.
“It’s great to do work that makes a difference,” she said.
“When I hear stories of how people are confident, can problem solve at work and read to their children, it’s very satisfying.
“It’s great for them and great for the workplace as they can send emails and follow new task directions.”