Functional Skills Campaign

Functional Skills Campaign

We want to hear from YOU!

Lauren Pullen, Functional Skills Coordinator at ITS, is currently looking for ambassadors to share their experiences of Functional Skills. Having already interviewed several learners, it is clear that sharing tips and motivational strategies with each other is the way to push success forward. Please speak to your trainer/assessor for more information or contact Lauren Pullen on 07875 303317 or lauren@its-ltd.net. Let's work together to achieve success!

What are Functional Skills?

Many learners, having found GCSE difficult in the past, are daunted by the prospect of taking it again. The feedback from employers and learners alike is that the large majority find it more appropriate and rewarding to master maths and English if they learn in a work-related context.

Functional Skills are practical skills in English and maths which provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

They are learning tools that enable learners to:

  • apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life
  • engage competently and confidently with others
  • solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.

Why are Functional Skills important?

Functional Skills are important because they provide young people and adults with the skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need in order to progress and succeed in education, work and life.

What's different about Functional Skills?

The biggest difference with Functional Skills is you have to be functional! Functional Skills is about learning a skillbase, including communication, team working, presentation, and problem solving, that is then transferable to other areas of learning, life and work.

They help make sense of daily life, from getting the best deal at the shops, to applying for a hairdressing job or using a computer.

Emily Francis receiving learning support from Linda Somers, Learning Support Tutor

Example of a learning support activity

Hear first hand from Bethany Peters, Level 3 Adanced Apprentice at TIna's in Headley, why Functional Skills is an important part of your apprenticeship framework.

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