Asda extends staff study 3Rs course

chain Asda is rolling out a new scheme that allows staff to go through basic
skills training in work time while still on full pay.

Skills for Life project gives employees with below-average numeracy or literacy
skills the opportunity to attend courses aimed at improving their reading,
writing and arithmetic abilities.

launch of the initiative follows a successful trial in the Midlands which saw
80 workers attend one of the 10-week courses.

programme, which were initially available in 10 stores, attracted staff who
suffered from dyslexia, learning difficulties or had simply lost basic skills
over the years.

Gill, Asda’s head of organisational development, believes the training will
prove popular because staff won’t have to fit it in around family commitments.

By Ross Wigham

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