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Strengthening foundation skills in Tasmanian workplaces – A fireside chat with Jennifer Dunbabin, Cath Ralston, Meagan Newton and Catherine Baker


Thursday, 24 November 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (AEDT)

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This webinar offers you the chance to look under the hood on a successful workplace literacy grants program. This will mostly be through the experience of a project run by the National Disability Service in Tasmania. They are the disability sector’s peak body.

Jennifer Dunbabin from 26TEN will give a short outline of the grant program.  Then Cath Ralston, project manager at NDS, Meagan Newton, literacy practitioner at NDS, and Catherine Baker from Parkside Foundation will share what they have learnt about engaging their member employers and working with employees.

26TEN is a network of organisations and individuals working together to improve adult literacy and numeracy in Tasmania.

26TEN funds employers to improve their employees’ literacy, numeracy and communication skills. Projects also include making documents more easily understood. Benefits to employers and employees can include improved productivity and compliance, and less accidents and near misses. Employers often apply for a grant when their business is having to make significant changes.

Key topics covered

  • The 26TEN program
  • The need for workplace literacy and numeracy training and support
  • A case study of literacy and numeracy support and the National Disability Service

Professional development outcomes

  • Understanding how a workplace based LLN project can work
  • Understanding what makes a workplace LLN projects successful
  • Understanding the pitfalls of delivering LLN in the workplace
  • Strategies to identify and develop workplace LLN skills
  • For those in the disability sector, advance notice of a suite of resources that will soon be available

Who should participate

  • New and experienced VET trainers
  • New and experienced LLN specialists
  • Training managers
  • Employers, employer groups and industry groups
  • Policy and program managers


Jennifer Dunbabin

Cath Ralston


Jennifer has worked in the VET sector for nearly 20 years, focusing mostly on workforce development and industry engagement. Projects included managing Tasmania’s contribution to the Australian Flexible Learning Framework. A highlight was a national project that explored (and experimented) with developing VETNet, a fibre network for the VET sector. For the last six years she has been privileged to be part of the 26TEN Team in Tasmania and has immersed herself in all things LLN.

Cath Ralston works with National Disability Services in the position of Workforce Adviser (Disability Workforce Innovation Network) in Tasmania. This role oversees the development and implementation of a sector-wide workforce strategy and action plan, including a sector-wide workplace literacy project. Cath is an experienced trainer/assessor in IT, business and access programs, and an instructional designer. She has focussed on the delivery and management of access programs in workplaces, communities and prisons in metropolitan and remote areas. Cath holds qualifications in business, adult education, and LLN teaching practice.

Meagan Newton

Catherine Baker


Meagan Newton is the Adult Literacy Skills Officer with National Disability Services Tasmania, working with disability service providers to implement the Tasmanian Disability Language, Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan in their workplaces. Meagan has worked in the VET sector for over 25 years, in quality assurance, RTO management, and as a trainer and assessor specialising in workplace training and assessment, business and foundation skills. She has a passion for supporting people to develop their LLN skills and access employment opportunities.  Meagan holds qualifications in economics, business, training and assessment, and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Adult LLN Practice.

Catherine Baker works with The Parkside Foundation, a disability and aged care service provider in Hobart. Her position as Quality and Systems Manager is broad. In addition to responsibility for the quality system, the position oversees recruitment, induction and workforce development. Catherine has worked in the disability sector for over 25 years here in Tasmania and also in Victoria. She began her career during the period of deinstutionalisation of people with disability, and has worked in various service delivery leadership roles. Catherine holds qualifications in disability and training and assessment.


Thursday, 24th November at 1pm AEDT. (Check your time zone)


Online. You will be sent a link to the webinar after you register.


1 hour


$50 plus GST

Fee includes live participation plus access to audio and video recordings of the webinar.



Have questions about Strengthening foundation skills in Tasmanian workplaces – A fireside chat with Jennifer Dunbabin, Cath Ralston, Meagan Newton and Catherine Baker? Contact AWPN Inc


Thursday, 24 November 2016 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (AEDT)

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The Australian Workplace Practitioners’ Network (AWPN) leads the development of foundation skills in the workplace by connecting and supporting the diverse workforce interested in strengthening foundation skills in the workplace.
Originally established to provide professional support for people working in WELL Program funded activities, the AWPN has reinvented itself and now provides professional support for all professionals interested in strengthening foundation skills in the workplace. This includes industry managers and supervisors, VET trainers and LLN specialists, and resource developers and researchers. More information about what the AWPN does can be found at
The AWPN’s priorities include:
• Providing targeted advice to government and decision makers regarding policy, programs, products and funding
• Delivering high value and cost effective professional development opportunities to practitioners
• Maintaining a repository for resources, research and information
• Facilitating professional and business networks
• Promoting the value and contribution of foundation skills practitioners to workforce development

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