The great golf tournament starts today at the Celtic Manor Park Resort in Wales, and once again SkillsActive is using sport to engage employers in sport to raise the standards of literacy and numeracy skills.
Whether you love watching golf or playing golf, whether you work for a golf club or are a golf coach, good literacy and numeracy skills are fundamental for all of us and key to being successful at work and in life.
Stuart Wilson, development manager for SkillsActive who manages our relationship with the national governing bodies of golf says: “SkillsActive are working with the governing bodies of Golf in England to support clubs and their paid staff and volunteers in delivering a high level of customer service, increase customer numbers and ensure a fully skilled and qualified workforce. Literacy and numeracy skills are key to meeting these aspirations for the sector”
Government statistics confirm that 48% of people educated to degree level or above do not have numeracy skills at level 2 or above and 30% do not have literacy skills at level 2 or above. Twenty two per cent of the Sports workforce are below NVQ level 2 or equivalent according to our Sector Skills Assessment research. Government have set a target for 2011 - 89 per cent of adults to be qualified to at least level 1 literacy, and 81 per cent to be qualified to at least entry level 3 numeracy.
Bansari Somani, who leads SkillsActive’s work on adult literacy and numeracy says, that these skills are integral to workforce development: "Golf clubs across the UK shouldn’t forget to ensure that their staff have a chance to brush up on these skills and undertake adult certificates in literacy and numeracy. Providers are there to help make the learning relevant to the roles carried out within the club setting. Employees with a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy are the key to successful business”
2010 was also the year of the FIFA World Cup when we launched World Cup Skills, with a range of resources and information relating to literacy, numeracy, football and the World Cup. Find out more by visiting www.worldcupskills.com