Skills for Life and Functional Skills

Achieving functional skills qualifications in English and Maths is a key outcome of all apprenticeships. For apprenticeships at level 2 the apprentice will need to hold Functional Skills level 1 (or equivalent) and for apprenticeships at level 3 to 7 the apprentice will need to hold Functional Skills level 2 (or equivalent). For many apprenticeships, anyone without the appropriate English and Maths qualifications will need to complete these by the time they reach the End Point Assessment gateway. For many regulated healthcare professions, apprentices will need to hold English and maths qualifications specified by the training provider and employer when they start the apprenticeship. If someone has already achieved the correct level of English and maths they must be able to produce their certificates as evidence. In the case of missing or lost certificates, apprentices will have to re-take functional skills as part of their apprenticeship journey.

In this section you will find the tools to understand this agenda in its broadest sense, to support learners to reach their potential within it and to connect with other employers doing the same.

How can you support staff with Functional Skills and Skills for Life?

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