Good literacy and numeracy skills are critical for our young people, for business and for the economy. We have a BIG Goal that we want business to support –  90% of children leaving Northern Ireland’s primary schools with Level 4 skills in literacy and numeracy by 2020, rising to 95% by 2025.

Business has a significant role to play in helping improve these skills by engaging and supporting schools and colleges. Many businesses are actively engaging through a range of initiatives. Your business might be one of them. Every intervention really make a difference. But, we need to do more.

Improving literacy and numeracy skills will help to ensure the sustainability of the future workforce, improve life chances and increase employment opportunities for our children, as well as combating poverty. If your organisation works with us on one of our Time to initiatives – Time to Read, Time to Code or Time 2 Count, you haven’t just committed to helping tackle literacy and numeracy needs, you’re proactively doing something to help. If your company appears on the list below, you don’t need to do anything more. If you’d like to

Two easy steps

1. Tell us what you’re organisation is doing and we’ll include your logo on this page too. Email emma.morrison@bitcni.org.uk 

2. If you want to do more, but need help, tell us that too, and we’ll get in touch.

*Business in the Community has developed the NI Business Charter on Literacy and Numeracy in partnership with the Confederation of British Industry, the Federation of Small Businesses, the Institute of Directors and the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce to challenge business to actively support the achievement of good literacy and numeracy for pupils across Northern Ireland.

Companies taking action to tackle literacy and numeracy