Programme of work with the Army

We’ve been working with the British Army for over 10 years, supporting the development and implementation of Service-wide policies on literacy and numeracy (L&N) skills. This has included the establishment of a network of specialist tutors in the Army and their subsequent CPD training and development, as well as a wide range of innovative L&N development projects including the Army’s volunteer BS mentor scheme, English speaking & listening screening tools and embedded L&N provision.

Our Armed Forces Basic Skills Longitudinal Study – conducted over three years with NRDC, on behalf of the MoD and BIS – illustrates how sound literacy and numeracy skills are essential in helping Servicemen and women to carry out their jobs effectively and to take advantage of the training and career opportunities on offer. The whole organisation approach the Armed Forces have taken to improving the L&N skills of their personnel as an integrated part of their workforce development strategies is one that other large employers could learn a lot from.

The Learning and Work Institute will continue working with the Army until 2017 on its Adult Learning Support Programme, after winning its recent contract tender. This includes a study into the value and effectiveness of the Army’s extensive Apprenticeship programme, as well as supporting the development of the Army’s ICT skills policy and its implementation.