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Farry reinforces benefits of literacy

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry is urging adults to avail of free Essential Skills literacy courses ahead of International Literacy Day.

International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8 September and aims to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. On International Literacy Day each year, the United Nations reminds the international community of the status of literacy and adult learning globally.

Improving literacy skills can make a huge impact on the lives of individuals, be it at home or in the workplace. It can open doors to further and higher education, as well as widening your career opportunities.

Speaking ahead of International Literacy Day, the Minister said: “Literacy is one of the three Essential Skills, the others being numeracy and ICT, and signing up for a free course can open up a wide range of opportunities in both employment and learning. Literacy paves the way towards getting further skills and achieving full participation in society.

“Since the Essential Skills Strategy was launched in 2002, almost 84,000 qualifications have been achieved in literacy. So, whatever your reasons for returning to learning, there’s lots of support available to help you.

“Good literacy skills not only improve day-to-day life through increased confidence, but also help up-skill the workforce, contributing to a stronger local economy. They can also help individuals with all aspects of finding and securing employment, from CV skills and form filling to achieving the right skills for the job.”

Essential Skills literacy courses are offered throughout Northern Ireland through local Further Education Colleges and various Training Organisations.
If you would like to sign up for free Essential Skills classes in literacy, numeracy or ICT, contact your local College or visit http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/knowhow for more information.

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Belfast Telegraph