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Functional Skills

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people who started training in Functional Skills failed to complete their qualfication
data derived from 2013 to 2014 education and training national success rates tables (NSRT) published by the SFA

Functional Skills are often treated as an afterthought but are a central component of each apprenticeship. If you are an Employer who is already delivering your own apprenticeships, then you probably offer world-beating training in your industry sector...only to see it all count for nothing when the apprentice fails to pass their Functional Skills.

What are "Functional Skills"?

In the context of an apprenticeship, anyone who has not achieved a GCSE in English and/or maths at grade C or above, must pass a competency test in these subjects. For some apprenticeships, they will also need to be assessed in the functionality of ICT. Each subject area has a set of performance standards based on three key areas:




So Why Functional Skills?

If an employee has problems with their literacy, then he/she will have problems with reading instructions, following regulations and communicating with other employees and customers. This will have a negative impact on your costs, profits, safety at work, team-work and customer satisfaction.
Research from Pro Bono Economics estimates poor numeracy skills cost the economy £20.2 billion every year, of which employers bear £3.2bn of that figure
You are competing in local, national and global markets where everyone else is becoming literate and numerate; you cannot afford to fall behind.
We must all have come across people have flourished in later life, yet are held back by their failure to gain basic numeracy and literacy skills in their youth.

Contextualise and complement

Rather than be seen as yet another chore that has to be done, functional skills training can be a real opportunity to improve your employees' productivity. We have the expertise to complement your training. By providing a tailored and flexible service, we can meet your sector needs by: Working in partnership, we can positively contribute to the ultimate success of your apprentices, not only helping them to overcome this hurdle within the apprenticeship framework, but also helping them to work more effectively within your organisation. Often, if an apprentice needs to pass their Functional Skills, then it suggests that he or she did not do well at school, so yet another school-based approach to maths & English is not going to help.

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