Award entries and literacy awareness on the rise

10 Sep 2010

Latest figures show a growing number of Kiwi organisations are entering the Skills Highway Award category of the annual EEO Trust Work & Life Awards - and the sponsor couldn’t be happier.

The number of organisations entering the Skills Highway Award is up from 10 in 2009 to 14 this year.

The Skills Highway Award celebrates workplaces where employees’ reading, writing, maths and communications skills have improved with training. Award winners will be announced on Thursday 28 October.

Head of Labour Market Information for the Department of Labour, Benedikte Jensen, believes the increasing number of entries reflects a larger trend.

“Overall I think we’re seeing a rising awareness among businesses of the link between workplace literacy and productivity.

“The Skills Highway Award gives them one important way to share their stories. We’re very proud sponsors of the award and big supporters of businesses prioritising workplace literacy and numeracy training.

“Congratulations on entering the awards and good luck to ANZCO Foods Ltd, Canterbury Spinners Ltd, Counties Manukau District Health Board, George Weston Foods, Idea Services (the service arm of IHC), Liddell Contracting, LIFEWISE Homecare Services, Millennium Hotels and Resorts, New Zealand Army, New Zealand Post, Palmerston North City Council, SKYCITY Auckland, Te Roopu Taurima o Manukau Trust and the Upper Hutt Cossie Club.

“We encourage anyone interested in workplace literacy and numeracy training to check out the Skills Highway website. It features a wealth of information, tools and case studies on how to do it,” Benedikte Jensen says.


The EEO Trust Work & Life Awards celebrate employers who lead the way in making the most of New Zealand’s increasingly diverse workforce.

Organisations enter the Skills Highway Award by documenting how they successfully boosted their employees’ workplace literacy and numeracy skills with training and the impact training made on their business.  They then submit their entry to the EEO Trust. The deadline for entries to the 2010 Skills Highway Award was July 22, 2010.

Organisations interested in entering next year’s Skills Highway Award will need to do so by May, 2011. Winners will be announced on 25 August, 2011.

For more information about the EEO Trust Work & Life Awards, as well as the Skills Highway Award, go to: