A recent Australian study discusses the gap between how schools teach maths and the maths used in the workplace – and couldn’t have come at a better time for New Zealand.
We are particularly interested in the way maths teachers went into workplaces as part of the research, and explicitly identified the maths skills that young people need to succeed in their careers. This was a smart way to identify the gaps in skills, where there are issues between information learned in school and how that is (or isn’t) transferred and applied effectively in the workplace, and what can be done to bridge the knowledge gaps.
In the second study, the Auckland Chamber of Commerce highlights how a working knowledge of ICT is now essential for getting a job. These skills are now part of every kind of job – from office, retail, to factory work. However, the demand for ICT skills is currently disproportionate in the number of students with relevant skills, with only 6% of students entering the work force with ICT skills at an employable level.
You can read a summary of the Australian report on maths skills here, and the full report here. Thanks to Workbase and the NZ Literacy Portal for sharing this valuable information. For access to the Chamber’s survey on ICT skills, click here.
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