Click on the above areas to learn more about making the case for Skills for Life support to senior management, planning your approach and how to support colleagues with dyslexia and dyscalculia.
Research and reading:
Health Education England has commissioned two pieces of research in this area – looking at why weaknesses in English and maths (numeracy and literacy) and other cross-cutting skills can impede workforce progression. The Beyond the Brand report looks at the impact of these weaknesses on those wanting to go into and through Apprenticeships in healthcare, including HE Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in regulated health profession. Reading these reports is not only helpful to understand this field but also very helpful when making cases for funding, staff support etc to senior management. Skills for Life in Health and Care sets out an easy-to-read plan for the sector to improve competence in these skills and the more employers co-operate to achieve it, the richer the outcome for all. Also, elements of it can be taken and applied to individual employer settings.
The third piece of relevant reading is the Skills for the Future report, produced by Exeter University and commissioned by Unison. With over 38,000 responses, the survey was the biggest of its kind in Europe so provides a very strong basis from which to draw conclusions on the impact of the deficit of these skills in the UK population. The data can be cut in many ways to make it relevant to specific groups e.g. gender, race, age.