Literacy and numeracy are vital building blocks for a good education, which in turn leads to better job prospects.

Literacy and numeracy are vital building blocks for a good education, which in turn leads to better job prospects.

Business in the Community is committed to supporting the achievement of good literacy and numeracy in primary schools, and we offer engagement opportunities that allow businesses to give that support directly to the children that need it most.

Business in the Community has a long-standing programme of work around creating better linkages between the worlds of education and business. Despite the work we and many other organisations have carried out to improve business education links and ensure children are leaving schools well prepared for the world of work, youth unemployment here remains higher at 13.3% compared with a 10% average across the UK (Source: NISRA Labour Market Report June 2017).

Our goal is to achieve a rate of 90% of children leaving primary school in Northern Ireland with Level 4 skills in Literacy and Numeracy by 2020; with this rising to 95% by 2025.

What Business in the Community is doing?

To help tackle this issue, Business in the Community has developed a number of initiatives, namely, the NI Business Charter on Literacy and Numeracy in partnership with the CBI, FSB, IoD and Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce; Time to Read, Time to Count, and most recently, Time to Code.

These initiatives aim to bring together businesses, education providers and other key stakeholders to work in partnership to tackle numeracy and literacy in schools across Northern Ireland.

We believe that with a concerted effort and focused collaboration between business organisations and their members, we can make a real and sustainable impact of the aspirations of young people.

Resources

Literacy and Numeracy Charter