The Tasmanian Government will invest $526,000 in a pilot program to improve basic skills used within the workplace on a daily basis.

The Core Skills for Work Program has been developed by TasTAFE alongside the Australian Council of Education Research, and aims to further develop reading, writing, numeracy and problem solving.

It will be delivered by TasTAFE and other registered training organisations over one year.

Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom said 3000 students will participate in the program. They will be drawn from existing roles in industries around Tasmania, together with a cohort of unemployed students.

“This program will not only improve core skills and employability for participants, it will lead to more effective training methods and improvements in the skills sector,” Mr Groom said.

The program will encourage higher education within the workforce, ultimately driving economic productivity and growth within the state.