A scheme to help increase employees' numeracy and literacy levels has got off to a flying start in Stockton.

The project, being offered free by Stockton Adult Education Service, identifies and delivers tailor-made literacy and numeracy courses within the workplace.

A dedicated development officer is offering staff training to NVQ level for local employers who wish to improve turnover, profit and customer service.

The NVQ qualifications include completion of company documents, study skills, spelling report or essay writing and portfolio building.

Also on offer are introductory courses in health and safety, computer and keyboard skills, first aid, data and cash handling, self presentation skills, retail training and management.

For more information about the scheme contact Julie Walker on (01642) 393535.