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National Infrastructure Plan for Skills - dyslexia

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There has never been a more important time for industry to understand how to train their dyslexic staff.        

This is because, from this week, the UK government launches its National Infrastructure Plan for Skills. From now on, organisations who want to bid for large government infrastructure contracts (initially over £50million), will have to show that they have a committed plan for improving the skills of the workforce they deploy on the project.

Around 35 - 40% of the designers, engineers and architects who create the infrastructure may be dyslexic, as indicated by academic and industry sources. This group work in a visual medium, and throughout their lives will process written and spoken information in different ways from others.

For these dyslexic trainees to get the most from workplace learning, their trainers need to be able to adjust their training methods and remove any barriers to their learning. A new version of our online dyslexia course aims to train learning development staff to be able to do just that.

Understanding and Supporting Dyslexia in Business is a course for trainers, coaches and mentors, and has recently been upgraded. It includes:

  • more activities to help practitioners make dyslexia-friendly choices in their delivery;
  • our popular simulations, which help trainers experience first-hand how information can be processed differently.

Showing that you provide dyslexia-friendly training opportunities is made possible by following the course’s clear and simple design. The Course is also CPD Certified, and includes an online forum where your trainers can interact with dyslexia specialists for up to six months.

Given that training in this sector regularly concerns health and safety matters, removing any barrier to communicating effectively is of particular importance. This course is a contribution to the “meaningful investment in skills” which Skills Minister Nick Boles said last week is “vitally important” for continuing economic growth.

However, it’s not just the construction industry that will benefit from training their trainers in dyslexia. Other industries are known to have a high proportion of dyslexic workers too.

Fashion, design, hairdressing and sales are probably the most attractive industries for dyslexic workers, but reliable figures for the extent of dyslexia in each of these industries are hard to come by. This demonstrates that there is a need for leadership in dyslexia skills development across all industry, and Understanding and Supporting Dyslexia in Business is playing a part in building that momentum towards inclusivity.

We aim to help bidders in all sectors have training in place that is dyslexia-friendly, so that their next contract bid is of a higher calibre than before and a more attractive proposition, regardless of whether the client is a public body or a private organisation.

So, from this week onwards, any corporation bidding for major government infrastructure work can help their bid to be more realistic and credible, by doing two things:

  1. show their recognition of the different learning needs which exist in a substantial proportion of their current and future workforce;
  2. possess a meaningful plan for developing this group’s workplace skills.

A simple and cost effective way to achieve these two things is to make training courses dyslexia-friendly.

How soon before a similar requirement to show commitment to skills development that has just entered the construction industry, comes to the farming, fashion or design industries?

When the norm across all sectors is for market-leading organisations to be noted for their dyslexia-friendly training programmes, will your organisation be included in that group? One way to make sure that you are, is to train your trainers, in Understanding and Supporting Dyslexia in Business.

Jan Halfpenny

MEd PGDPSE PGCPSE TQ(FE) BA (Hons)

Jan is a specialist in dyslexia in business. Halfpenny Development aims to help organisations achieve inclusivity to the best of their ability.

Please take a look at our Facebook page for the course: Understanding and Supporting Dyslexia in Business

Our website offers information on the course and sample resources

For further information for trainers related to this blog, see: Top Tips for Trainers, Coaches and Mentors and What your Dyslexic Staff Need your HR Department to Know.

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