Functional Skills Year 8 Introduction 2009


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Functional Skills Year 8 Introduction 2009

  1. 1. Skills, skills, Functional Skills and You John Pallister
  2. 2. By the end of this session: <ul><li>You will understand why skills are important to you and to the UK; </li></ul><ul><li>You will know something about Functional Skills; </li></ul><ul><li>You will have worked with other students to solve a problem. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are skills? <ul><li>“ the ability to do an activity or job well”; </li></ul><ul><li>something you've learned how to do; </li></ul><ul><li>something you have practised to develop; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>standing on one leg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making paper aeroplanes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>writing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>riding a bicycle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>delivering a presentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Skills are valuable if: <ul><li>They help you to survive/live </li></ul><ul><li>They help you to learn </li></ul><ul><li>They help you to earn your living </li></ul><ul><li>They help you to … </li></ul>
  5. 5. Skills and jobs <ul><li>Every employer will want their employees to have the set of skills that will enable them to do the ‘job’. </li></ul><ul><li>Different jobs need different sets of skills; </li></ul><ul><li>There are some common skills that you will need whatever job you do. </li></ul>
  6. 6. employers want young people: <ul><li>who are literate, numerate and communicate well. </li></ul><ul><li>to turn up on time and show enthusiasm and commitment. </li></ul><ul><li>Who have positive attitudes. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The skills you need to be employable: <ul><li>Timekeeping 80.0% </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy skills 79.0% </li></ul><ul><li>Numeracy skills 77.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm/commitment 75.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Personal presentation 53.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Communication skills 41.6% </li></ul><ul><li>General IT skills 33.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Team-working skills 23.6% </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-solving skills 22.7% </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprising 21.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Customer-care skills 20.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational job-specific skills 13.9% </li></ul><ul><li>Business awareness 11.2% </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced vocational job-specific skills 8.6% </li></ul>
  8. 8. The job market <ul><li>Adult unemployment in the UK 7.8% </li></ul><ul><li>unemployment among 16–24 year olds 19.1%. </li></ul><ul><li>Employers need employees with the ‘right’ skills, at the right Level so that they can do the jobs; </li></ul>
  9. 9. A UK Skills Problem <ul><li>35% of the UK working age population do not have Level 2 skills; </li></ul><ul><li>Only 36% of the UK working age population have Level 2-3 skills; </li></ul><ul><li>What about our competition? Over 50%of the working population in Germany and New Zealand have Level 2-3 skills; </li></ul><ul><li>7 million adults lack functional numeracy </li></ul><ul><li>5 million adults lack functional literacy </li></ul>
  10. 10. The UK - competing with other countries <ul><li>Out of the top 30 developed countries in the world the UK ranks: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20th for intermediate skills (this is the group that have A level or NVQ3 type qualifications) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11th for high skills (we’ve gone down from 4th) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. New jobs require higher level skills <ul><li>The basic skills required for most jobs in manufacturing and services are likely to rise. </li></ul><ul><li>by 2010 [Next Year!] around 95% of all new jobs will require Level 2 skills or higher . (Level 2 is 5 A*-C qualifications or NVQ2) Work Skills In Britain, DfES </li></ul>
  12. 12. The implications for the UK <ul><li>Unless we increase the skills Level in the UK workforce we will not be able to compete with other countries; </li></ul><ul><li>If we do not, we will not earn as much money as other countries – everyone in the country will be less well-off; </li></ul>
  13. 13. Functional Skills <ul><li>“ The skills are learning tools that enable people: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To engage competently and confidently with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop personally and professionally as positive citizens who can actively contribute to society.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Functional: <ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>ICT. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Required for all 14-19 Learning Pathways. <ul><li>GCSEs and A-levels; </li></ul><ul><li>14 – 19 Diplomas; </li></ul><ul><li>Apprenticeships. </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation Learning; </li></ul><ul><ul><li> Sept 2009 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Most importantly: <ul><li>To get the most out of you education; </li></ul><ul><li>To survive in your everyday life; </li></ul><ul><li>To be able to get a job; </li></ul><ul><li>To be able to do your job; </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You will need Functional Skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Functional ICT <ul><li>Use ICT Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Find and select information </li></ul><ul><li>Develop, present and communicate information </li></ul>
  18. 18. Functional Maths <ul><li>Representing (making sense of situations and representing them) </li></ul><ul><li>Analysing (processing and using maths) </li></ul><ul><li>Interpreting (interpreting and communicating the results of analysis) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Functional English <ul><li>Speaking and listening </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul>
  20. 20. Nothing new! - You are already ‘doing’ Functional Skills
  21. 21. Functional skills in: <ul><li>English </li></ul><ul><li>key stage 3 embeds the level 1 functional skills standards. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Maths </li></ul><ul><li>key stage 3 embeds the level 1 functional skills standards in mathematics….. Functional skills are a subset of the key processes </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>ICT </li></ul><ul><li>key stage 3 embeds the level 1 functional skills standards. The key concepts reflect the ICT functional skills standards: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  22. 22. Solving Problems <ul><li>You need to develop the Functional Skills that will let you solve a wide range of ‘real life’ problems, independently; </li></ul><ul><li>To develop skills you must practise them! </li></ul>
  23. 23. Today’s problem: