The future for Ford workers: literacy will be key

Riddle, Stewart (2013) The future for Ford workers: literacy will be key. The Conversation, 24 May 2013. pp. 1-3.

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Yesterday's announcement that Ford will close its manufacturing operations in Geelong and Broadmeadows by 2016 at the cost of 1,200 jobs raises questions of what the workers' future employment options are. But as these workers consider their futures, we need to understand that nearly half of Australian adults are considered functionally illiterate. And manufacturing workers in Victoria, which includes those in the firing line at Ford, were found to have even lower literacy skills, with 54% scoring at the lowest levels. The data are alarming and there are now serious concerns about these levels of literacy and the impact they have on the employment, health and education opportunities for workers. Given the strong links between increasing literacy and better employment opportunities, economic independence and social conditions including health and education, this is a serious issue not only for manufacturing workers, but for the rest of the Australian community.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2013 05:45
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 01:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult literacy; illiteracy; blue collar workers; job prospects
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910208 Micro Labour Market Issues

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