By Mike Styles and Dorenda Britten.
Mike Styles is a dyslexia consultant, and Dorenda Britten is chief executive of the Britten Institute. The Britten Institute sets out to leverage the creative genius of John Britten – the inventor of the Britten Motorcycle. John had the blessing of having dyslexia.
"It is an individual waste and an economic waste for Australia not to recognise dyslexia." The same applies here to this side of the Tasman.
It is estimated that 1 in 10 adults have dyslexia - but many are not aware they have the condition.
Awarded to Primary Industry Training Organisation for the work led by Mike Styles to support trainees and staff with dyslexia in the primary sector in New Zealand.
You probably think literacy isn't a problem for many New Zealanders in this day and age. But you'd be wrong.
Half of our primary industry workers – people who work in farming, agriculture and horticulture – can't read a newspaper or complicated document.
The Industry Training Federation and the Skills Highway team is delighted to congratulate Mike Styles on receiving the 2017 Adult Literacy and Numeracy Leadership Award, awarded by the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults.
Those with dyslexia are often found to be some of the most talented individuals. They are the very people who can give this country a creative and productive edge.
Every couple of days we hear about labour shortages across the economy. From fruit picking and bus or truck driving, to factory work and all manner of office jobs, employers are saying they have trouble getting the people they need.