Highlighting the importance of Functional Skills

The national apprenticeship provider JTL has launched a new animation to showcase the importance of Functional Skills – a set of capabilities designed to enable learners to develop confidence and fluency in maths and English. The short film highlights the consequences that could occur when an apprentice fails to gain the relevant knowledge from the course, such as incorrect job quotations and risk of serious injury.

Functional Skills is an essential part of every apprenticeship programme for learners who do not have GCSE Grade 4, because apprentices are unable to sit their End Point Assessment without the maths and English qualifications

In order to complete the Functional Skills qualification, employers need to allow their apprentices time away from work to access the remote learning plan, which focuses on practicality. The animation focuses on the importance of employers supporting learners to complete the qualification. It is recommended that apprentices complete their Functional Skills in year one of a four-year apprenticeship as the skills gained impact positively on future assessments and real-life work situations, which will in turn meet the needs of their employer.

Lorraine Hall, head of quality, teaching, learning & assessment at JTL, comments: “It is vital that employers understand the importance of Functional Skills as not only is it a necessity for any apprentice looking to complete their programme, but it is also crucial for ensuring that learners have the correct knowledge and skills to work in a safe, professional manner. We hope that our new animation will bring attention to the possible dangers of not achieving the qualification, and consequently encourage employers to support their apprentices in carrying out the course.”

To view the full animation, alongside a more in-depth description of the Functional Skills course, please visit https://jtltraining.com/apprenticeships/courses/functional-skills/

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