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Primary ITO: Knowledge to grow

Learner Support

Here at Primary ITO we want all our learners to succeed.  Talk to us about how we can support you to complete your qualification and achieve your goals.

Looking for a career in the primary sector and want to get qualified?  Are you worried that your reading, writing or math skills aren’t up to scratch? Don’t worry, we are a dyslexia-friendly organisation with a focus on learner achievement.

Get in touch or call us on 0800 20 80 20 to discuss how we can support you in your career in the primary sector or have a look below to see how we can help you.

Check out our Helping You Succeed booklet developed especially for our learners.

Here are some of the support options that work for our learners:

  • Our easy to read and dyslexia-friendly resources. 
  • Attending study nights and groups near you or online will help you to keep up to date with your assessments. 
  • Connecting you with a volunteer mentor:
    • Our mentors can help you to understand your assessments, with your reading and writing and keep you organised.
    • You can meet with them at study nights or one on one at lunchtimes or after work.
    • Or you can have a Facetime or Zoom mentor if that works for you.
    • Check out our news story about Wendy Main, one of our mentors. 
  • We can assess you for dyslexia and provide you with advice on dyslexia. We also can help you access support such as technology and digital tools.  Check out the C-Pen Reader: C-Pen Reader Pen Review - Bing video 
  • You can even be assessed verbally if writing is too difficult, and we can provide our assessments in pdf so you can use read aloud options on your computer.                                                                                                               
  • If you need to improve your English – we recommend some lessons with English Language Partners. English Language Partners NZ | Learn English Today!

Check out our resources for our learners and employers:

Training handbooks in different languages:

Work for us

Join up as a mentor:  Your experience could make all the difference to our trainees.

Have you thought about helping others in your industry achieve their career goals?

Our volunteer mentors work in a variety of different ways with our trainees.  They inspire them to achieve their goals, motivate them to complete their training and support and help organise their bookwork.

You could be an industry expert, a rural professional, a literacy and numeracy expert or someone from the community who has time and empathy and wants to play their part in a young person’s career progression.

If you would like to learn more about this rewarding role – check out our news story about Wendy Main, one of our mentors and get in touch with us.

Support your staff to learn Kiwi English

Primary ITO are supporting an initiative with English Language Partners New Zealand, to provide support to your trainees regarding all things Kiwi, from your morning 'Hello' to our frequent 'Yeah, nah'!

This could be very helpful for your staff, friends and family who haven't quite cracked our Kiwi slang. Even better it's free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. Let us know if you're interested so we can chat and we will be in touch when a programme gets scheduled. 

Overview of the programme to improve your English listening and speaking skills:

  • Learn Kiwi slang and workplace language
  • Understand your boss and co-workers
  • Communicate socially in English
  • 16-hour, online programme
  • $320

Get in touch here to find out more 

Mel Weston - Learning and Language Coordinator