Tackling foundation skills in the workplace – a fireside chat with Michael Taylor, Oenone Serle, Jodie Hummerston and Tony Lane


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The AiGroup strongly advocate for a national foundation skills strategy to tackle workplace LLN, develop employer champion networks, return on investment benefits to employers and develop a new discrete workplace language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) program.

Michael Taylor, National Policy and Project Manager, AiGroup, talks about what is happening in the workplace LLN space. He also, with the help of Oenone Serle and Jodie Hummerston, showcases two current AiGroup workplace LLN pilot projects aimed at building safer workplaces: 

  • Ridley’s CSF Proteins in Laverton, Victoria. A producer of high-performance animal feed made from recycled and rendered animal by-products.
  • Teys Australia in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. A beef processing facility servicing local and export markets. 

Topics covered

  • The need for workplace LLN training and support
  • The return on investment for workplace LLN training and support
  • AiGroup’s LLN policy document
  • Case studies of AiGroup’s current LLN in the workplace pilot training projects

Professional development outcomes

  • Understanding how low workplace LLN skills impact business performance
  • Understanding evidence of the quantitative benefits of workplace LLN training
  • Awareness of AiGroup’s vision for workplace LLN policy
  • Strategies to identify and develop workplace LLN skills

Target audience

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


Michael Taylor

Tony Lane

 Michael Taylor

 Tony Lane

Michael Taylor is the National Policy and Projects Manager, Education and Training, within the Australian Industry Group and responsible for the management of a number of national education and training projects. These include Strengthening School – Industry STEM Skills Partnerships while former projects include Building Employer Commitment to Workplace Literacy, the Corporate Champions project, School – Industry Numeracy project, Skilling the Existing Workforce Project, the National Workforce Literacy Project and World Class Skills for World Class Industries.

Michael also contributes to policy formulation and was the principal author of a number of education and training policy documents. Other education and training activity includes workforce skills surveys and conference presentations.

Tony Lane is the RTO Manager of The Management Edge and has been involved in workplace training for over 20 years.  He has seen the issues around workplace literacy first hand and has been involved with AWPN since its inception.  He is currently Treasurer of the Association.

He sees his challenge as how to apply the spirit and the law relating to learners with LLN issues while at the same time trying to run an economic business model.  The continual noise around compliance and learner engagement is both confusing and frightening. In this discussion with an experienced auditor, he hopes to discover tips and suggestions to make compliance, if not easier, at least more fathomable.

Oenone Serle

Jodie Hummerston



Oenone Serle has enjoyed teaching English Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills over 15 years, working within the health, manufacturing, food processing, automotive, chemical, hospitality and transport industries, with frontline employees, supervisors and managers. She has managed professional development and training resource development projects for the Vocational Education and Training sector and consulted on Learning and Development in the water industry.

Oenone has developed and delivered strategic training programs on leadership, safety, and technical skills capability for a range of organisations. Her passion is design and facilitation. She is currently focusing on building wellbeing and performance applying positive psychology. She would love to discuss how she can add value through English LLN development or training in positive psychology in organisations. E: M:0422099196

Jodie Hummerston is a workplace language, literacy and numeracy teacher for Response Foundations. She works closely with her clients to identify the core language, literacy and numeracy issues in the workplace and provide solutions.

Jodie works across organisations to develop high-level solutions to literacy or language issues, including making workplace documentation more user-friendly, improving supervisors’ communication skills to provide better instruction and feedback to their workers, and teaching language, literacy and numeracy to employees in a range of job roles and levels.

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