Empowering adult learners with dyslexia to achieve success
An Ako Aotearoa co-funded project currently in progress, is already providing adult learners with dyslexia the
assistance they need to be successful in their tertiary studies.
One such learner is Chris Lloyd, now a qualified drainlayer, who was struggling to complete his industry training
because of dyslexia.
Like many others coping with dyslexia – Chris was very capable orally, but reading, writing and spelling posed great
challenges. This meant that while enthusiastic in doing his job, he did not handle the paperwork well and was not
succeeding with his training.
His training advisor from The Skills Organisation encouraged Chris to be part of a new project and it is through this
involvement that Chris began to experience success. It has helped him to move from a position of being at risk of
non-completion, to successful completion with the motivation to contemplate studying for a further qualification.
The project - Evaluating the effectiveness of support interventions for dyslexic learners in multiple learning environments
- involves providing the learner with a wrap-around support package that was earlier developed by Primary Industry
Training Organisation, and then evaluating its effectiveness. The work is the collaborative effort of five tertiary
education institutions and outside suppliers; Primary ITO, the Skills Organisation, ServiceIQ, Whitireia New Zealand and
Capital Training Limited.
The team are sharing their knowledge, expertise and resources to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for learners with
dyslexia. More importantly, through the project they are helping learners to complete their qualifications and
experience success in their careers.
A mentor on the project, David Lees from Primary ITO, is keen to see young people achieve and believes that providing
encouragement to the trainees is really important. David worked directly with Chris and is delighted with his success -
“the real contribution a mentor provides is purpose, motivation and organisation.” he told us.
Project leader, Mike Styles from Primary ITO adds, “It is exciting for the team to see how, through this work, adults
with dyslexia have a better chance to achieve to their potential.”
The project is due to complete in 2018.
Other work by Ako Aotearoa in this area
This current project has built on earlier teaching and learning projects, co-funded by Ako Aotearoa:
Professional Development workshop
• Teacher with dyslexia story
– A teacher gives personal feedback on the impact of attending the PD workshop