Unleashing the potential of employees through adult basic education and training or “ABET”

Triple E Training’s high-quality adult education and training or “AET” is helping to raise the proficiency levels of adults who are motivated to excel in the workplace and become active participants in the South African economy.

Triple E Training’s quality adult basic education and training or “ABET” has helped to improve productivity and efficiencies in the workplace for more than 30 years. This is in addition to the important role that this adult basic education and training or “ABET” is playing in equipping unemployed people with the skills that they need to secure jobs in a modern economy as part of private sector-driven community upliftment projects.

A large part of the company’s success over the years can be attributed to its sound understanding of the way in which adults learn.

Adults have a higher sense of self direction and motivation than children and use their life experience to motivate the completion of adult education and training or “AET”. Moreover, grownups are focused on achieving goals and want relevant training. These are just some of the considerations that continue to guide all the company’s workplace training and community training projects for South African businesses operating in just about every sector of the South African economy. As an accredited training provider and a specialist in adult education and training or AET, Triple E Training continues to innovate in the field with the help of enterprising companies that continue to realise the true value of basic literacy and numeracy training.

Nationally recognised qualifications for South Africa’s low skilled workers

Adult basic education and training or “ABET” for skills upliftment

Established in 1991, these accredited training providers’ adult education and training or “AET” programmes lead to a nationally recognised qualification and provide a conceptual foundation toward lifelong skills learning and development.

Marinda Clack of Triple E Training says that the company’s outcomesbased adult basic education and training or“ABET”programmes provide basic learning tools, knowledge and skills that people need to perform at optimal levels in the workplace. These essential skills that they acquirecanalso be used in their daily lives.

“Adult Education and Training or “AET” addresses the fundamental skills of reading, writing, understanding, listening, numeracy and maths to improve communication and problem solving. It consists of four levels that are equivalent to Grades R through to 9. While comprising of many subjects, our clients usually select English communications and maths literacy for their adult education and training or “AET”. This includes for workplace training and community training assignments. Certainly, financial literacy has also become a popular choice among businesses for their workplace training and community training interventions that are geared at raising the proficiencies of low skilled employees and uplifting members of poor areas of the country,” Clack says.

Adult education and training or “AET” that benefits employees and employers

High-impact adult basic education and training or “ABET”

Triple E Training’s adult training programmes are designed to significantly improve the performance of low skilled employees in the workplace or help jobless South Africans secure employment. These workplace training and community training programmes are being undertaken on behalf of small, medium and large companies that understand the importance of outsourcing their basic literacy and basic numeracy training to an accredited training provider.

The value of the numeracy and literacy skills that we impart through our focused basic education programmes motivate grownups to want to succeed in their adult education and training or “AET”.

In our experience, companies that are heavily invested in adult basic education and training or “ABET” have a higher success rate in terms of their workplace training and community training initiatives.This is compared to those organisations that just train to meet certain obligations but tend to overlook the critical role that basic maths and English training can also play in improving their competitive edge in business. A case in point is merely training to meet broad-based black economic empowerment or “B-BBEE” targets. While important, enterprising companies know that their investment into training will also help build a more productive workforce that can assist in growing the South African economy. This is in addition to the role that it plays in helping them improve their “B-BBEE” scorecards. They also know thattheir investment into basic education, including literacy and numeracy training, plays a part in building a more inclusive economy.This is by helping to develop the proficiencies of the many low skilled employees in the country and its countless unemployed citizens who are being denied access to a modern economy because they do not have basic maths and English skills.

Number and percentage of persons in the population aged 20 and older who have not completed grade 7 and above by gender, 2019

GenderNumber% shareIlliteracy rate
Male2 046 12746.3%11.6%
Female2 375 45753.7%12.5%
Total4 421 584100.0%12.1%
General Household Survey (GHS). Statistics South Africa

Number and percentage of persons in the population aged 20 and above who have not completed grade 7 and above by population group, 2019

Population groupNumber% shareIlliteracy rate
Black African4 037 32891.3%14.0%
Coloured336 6377.6%10.3%
Indian35 5020.8%3.3%
White12 1170.3%0.3%
Total4 421 585100.0%12.1%
General Household Survey (GHS). Statistics South Africa

Number and percentage of persons in the population aged 20 and above who have not completed grade 7 and above by province, 2019

ProvinceNumber% ShareIlliteracy rate
Western Cape339 7147.7%7.4%
Eastern Cape679 40015.4%18.2%
Northern Cape123 9742.8%16.0%
Free State271 1066.1%14.9%
KwaZulu-Natal979 59222.2%14.5%
North West437 7519.9%17.8%
Gauteng579 66413.1%5.6%
Mpumalanga428 0239.7%15.5%
Limpopo582 36113.2%17.6%
Total4 421 584100.0%12.1%
General Household Survey (GHS). Statistics South Africa

Number and percentage of persons in the population who have not completed grade 7 and above by age group, 2019

Age groupNumber% ShareIlliteracy rate
20 – 24 years168 2645.0%3.5%
25 – 29 years190 1085.7%3.5%
30 – 34 years252 3757.5%4.6%
35 – 39 years305 2039.1%6.5%
40 – 44 years284 8018.5%7.9%
45 – 49 years360 40310.8%12.1%
50 – 54 years452 18113.5%18.5%
55 – 59 years540 38116.1%25.8%
60 – 64 years524 63315.7%31.1%
Total3 352 128100.0%8.8%
General Household Survey (GHS). Statistics South Africa

Benefiting from enhanced numeracy and literacy skills

Basic education for improved bottom lines

Literacy training and numeracy training for a competitive edge

Ample research has been undertaken to demonstrate how improved reading, writing and numeracy skills contribute to a stronger bottom line. Basic literacy training and basic numeracy training contributes to time savings, lower costs and significant improvements in the quality of work produced by employees. This is in addition to the role that basic maths and English training plays in helping to develop the true potential of low skilled employees as important assets of any organisation. Notably, it also supports stronger labour-management relations and helps align the entire company with corporate goals.

Triple E Training’s clients have nurtured a strong culture of training within their organisations and continue to clearly demonstrate themerits of training to their employees.This includes the immediate, short- and long-term relevancy and benefits of completing basic literacy and basic numeracy training. Their low skilled employees know that they need to improve their basic maths and English skills to perform a specific role within the company and then develop and refine this knowledge to improve their performance over the long term. This, in turn, raises their prospects of being promoted and assume more responsibilities within an organisation. The numeracy and literacy skills that they have acquired are also essential for everyday living and the training that they undergo instils a new-found respect for education.

Walking the talk for real skills development

Results-driven adult education and training or “AET”

In these companies, employees also see for themselves how adult education and training or “AET” will help them improve their circumstances when they interact with their colleagues who are busy learning or those who havesuccessfully completed their workplace training. Combining their own experiences and observations, they are able to gain a comprehensive understanding of concepts to ensure a successful training outcome.

Once they have a sound understanding of how the training will enable them to achieve their professional and personal goals, adults enter the learning process focused on achieving results.

While the information provided by the instructor is always important, the correct attitude and mindset of a learner plays a large role in the success of any adult basic education and training or “ABET” programme. This is true for both workplace training and community training programmes. Motivated and energised learners gage with the facilitator and adult training content, including basic literacy training and basic numeracy training, and establish clear, achievable goals for themselves.

Triple E Training’s facilitators are skilled and experienced in harnessing this positive energy in the classroom environment for the best results for workplace training and community training programmes.

Triple E Training remains industry’s preferred accredited provider of quality workplace training and community interventions. We look forward to assisting you with all your adult education and training or “AET” requirements.

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