Whānau /Aiga

Do it for someone!
Good Practice Guide

The impact of workplace literacy and numeracy programmes on whānau/aiga can be seen in terms of wellbeing, inclusion, empowerment and intergenerational learning.

From a whānau/aiga perspective the Hīnātore research shows the ripple effect of employees taking learning home and the subsequent impact it has on partners and children. Here, increased confidence and positive attitudes lead to stronger engagement with family, positive role-modelling to other whānau/aiga members and a renewed commitment to ongoing learning and upskilling.

Some whānau members described the training as life changing as it had ignited a desire for continuous learning and development that had not been there prior. The positive flow-on benefits for the wider whānau were wide ranging including greater personal and collective confidence, a stronger sense of overall positivity and happiness, and increased whānau engagement.

It’s a blessing, that’s what I wanted to say coming here tonight, is to say thank you. That this programme is a blessing because it’s changed his life. From a person that stopped going to school at 13 years old to now – now he’s trained as a foreman. How do you get to  that? This is what boosted his energy and his confidence to keep going. Now he’s going up to study Level 2, being in the position that he’s at. (Whānau)

Every time I come home and I see her [mum], she’s always got a bright glow on her face. That always tells me that she’s had a nice, productive day at work. Recently, it’s been a more happier glow because she’s been at this course and she’s learnt many skills that help improve not only her vocabulary but her passion and her personality towards others. To me, I find that very amazing, cause my mother still wants to learn, and she’s still teaching me a lot of things. But to find that she can also learn new things to make her better just makes me wanna do better as well. [Whānau]

The transfer of learning to home and whānau / aiga lives comes about as a result of the conversations facilitators have with employees about the relevance of skills generally, because of the sense of pride employees develop around their achievement, and the tools they now have to, for example, communicate better, use computers, and talk with their children about learning.