Language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills are an important part of being a successful apprentice, trainee or employer. LLN skills relate to how we communicate effectively in the workplace. These skills include reading and understanding safety signs, making measurements prior to cutting materials, calculating the costs of stock-on-hand or giving change to a customer.
Language in its broadest sense, involves the words, verbal structures and gestures we use to convey meaning. In using language we generally use a combination of communication forms such as speaking, listening, reading, writing and visual communication. Visual communication skills underpin the agreed language of the Australian deaf community, Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN).
Literacy is the ability to read and use written information as well as to write appropriately, in a range of contexts. Literacy involves the integration of speaking, listening, and critical thinking with reading and writing. Literacy skills enable us to interact with one another to achieve particular purposes: to explain, debate, retrieve and provide information, explore issues, entertain and create.
Numeracy involves the practical application of mathematical skills to absorb, use and critically evaluate information in numerical or graphical form. Depending on the context this can include basic number skills, spatial and graphical concepts, the use of measurement and problem solving. Numeracy may also involve literacy, for example when extracting mathematical information from written text.
Source: CEAV Institue Language, Literacy & Numeracy Policy