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Thousands more to receive 800 hours of free literacy and numeracy training

02 Aug 2013

Thousands of Australians seeking work will benefit from an expansion in a $440 million literacy and numeracy training program offered by the Australian Government.

Launching the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program at the Croydon campus of Swinburne University of Technology, Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor said the program was going from strength to strength.

“This initiative provides job seekers with the basic skills and confidence they need to find employment and will benefit job seekers and employers alike,” Minister O’Connor said.

“It expands on the previous Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program and offers greater opportunities for adult job seekers to boost their reading, writing and maths skills, which are so important in today’s job market.”

By doubling the number of training providers contracted by the Australian Government to 65, the program from will increase the number of people receiving training around 27,000 this year, growing to 30,000 in 2014-15.

This expansion will see more job seekers access to up to 800 hours of free literacy and numeracy training.

“With more providers nationally there will also be more opportunities for job seekers in remote and regional Australia to receive training,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The SEE program is an example of the Australian Government’s commitment to delivering training opportunities across the board and helping more and more people boost their job prospects.”

Job seekers from disadvantaged groups including Indigenous Australians, youth, mature aged and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will benefit from the growth of the program.

At the launch Minister O’Connor took the opportunity to present certificates to graduates and encouraged them to make the most of their new and upgraded skills.

The SEE program has replaced the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Program from 1 July 2013.

Further information about the program visit

Media contacts: Minister's Office 02 6277 7860


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