For course advice call 01536 413123

Illiteracy costs the UK economy


According to a preliminary report released by the World Literacy Foundation entitled ?The Economic and Social Cost of Illiteracy’ the estimated cost of illiteracy to the UK economy is £81.312bn each year, with approximately six to eight million adults being functionally illiterate*.

A further worry is that a high number of illiterate adults could lead to the next generation having the same problem, as illiterate parents are unable to read to their children and encourage them to learn.

The report also infers a no-win situation that these illiterate people face, earning 30-42% less than their literate counterparts, but not possessing the literacy skills required to undertake further vocational education or training to improve their earning capacity

Tresham College of Further and Higher Education provides a variety of FREE Skills for Life courses for adults who want to start from the beginning as well as for those who want to improve their English and maths skills or experience how maths and English is taught in school to help and support their children’s studies.

Classes are held at Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough throughout the year or people can attend drop in workshops at their nearest Tresham campus between 10am and 12midday for tutors to find the right level for every individual to start from.

The college’s Routes to Work Job Club also helps people to get back on track and provides help with all aspects of applying for jobs including CV writing and interview techniques throughout the week.

If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about the English and maths courses available please call 0845 658 89 90 to speak to someone from Tresham’s Skills for Life team or to book an appointment. Tresham’s Skills for Life team are also happy to visit groups of friends or co-workers away from the college environment to provide maths and English training.

Open evenings are being held at Wellingborough, Corby and Kettering from Jan 31st to Feb 2nd 2012 for people to find out more about the courses available at the college to suit all abilities.


·         * Functionally illiterate means that although they are able to read and write simple words, they cannot apply these skills to accomplish tasks which are necessary to make informed choices and participate fully in everyday life, such as filling in a job application form or reading a bank statement.

·         The final report is due to be released at the World Literacy Summit being held in Oxford from April 1- 4 which is the first of its kind to address the problem of world literacy and its ling to poverty.

·         “Leaders and experts from the literacy community in the UK and around the world will attend this conference to build a collective plan of action to make inroads into wiping out illiteracy.”

Back to news