Functional Skills- English- Reading

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Functional skills are qualifications in English, Maths, and ICT that equip learners with the practical skills required in everyday life, education and the workplace. They are vital for young people and adults to live, learn and work successfully.

The development of Functional Skills is seen by the Government as essential to address employers’ concerns that young people and adults are not achieving a firm enough grounding in the basics.

Functional Skills can be delivered as stand-alone qualifications as well as being an integral part of:

  • Apprenticeships
  • GCSEs
  • Diplomas
  • Foundation Learning

Strong English, Maths and ICT skills are essential in almost every workplace so NCFE Functional Skills qualifications are the ideal way to build learners’ work-related skills. They can be delivered alongside NCFE’s package of employability related qualifications to prepare learners for the labour market.

Who will benefit from NCFE Functional Skills Qualifications?

NCFE Functional Skills qualifications are suitable for a wide range of individuals aged 14 and above, who would like to develop their English, Maths and ICT skills. No prior qualifications are required and Functional Skills are offered from Entry Level to Level 2.

Functional Skills qualifications are particularly useful to:

  • Learners: young people and adults will develop important problem solving skills which would ensure that they are well prepared for employment, further learning, and everyday life.
  • Employers: this initiative will help to ensure that employees can apply vital functional skills in work situations which will improve effectiveness and productivity.
  • Higher education: competency in the key subjects of English, Mathematics, and ICT will help students progress to further achievement, and will help them to study independently.