Why is Functional Skills Important?


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Why is Functional Skills Important? Having Functional Skills is important because they help you through life. In every job there is a need for Maths and English so it is important that our workforce have the skills that they need.

To find out more about how Pathway Group and Pathway2work can help with functional skills training please call: 0121 707 0550 or e-mail: info@pathwaygroup.co.uk

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Why is Functional Skills Important?

  1. 1. Why is Functional Skills Important?
  2. 2. • 5.2 Million adults in England have literacy levels below the required levels to achieve a GCSE grade D-G and 6.2 million adults have problems adding/subtracting using three digit numbers. • It is estimated that a total of 15 Million adults have low level skills in one or the other or both skill sets and it is costing businesses every day in errors, miscommunication and misunderstanding. The Facts
  3. 3. Having Functional Skills is important to make sure these statistic don’t continue. Most jobs now require at least five GCSEs but with a workforce who often fall below these requirements it is making an impact on productivity and customer service.
  4. 4. Some examples of areas where poor literacy and numeracy skills can affect a business are: • Taking cash and having to give change without a calculator or till that works out change needed. • Giving hand written receipts/taking meeting minutes. • Taking messages and writing them down. • Reading a filling in documentation. • Adding on 10% to bills. • Measuring potions of food, chemicals etc. Why They Are Important
  5. 5. All of points on the previous slide are daily tasks that may seem relatively simple however if not performed correctly can have a massive impact on the business! To tackle this lack in skills the government are highlighting functional skills (English, Maths and ICT) and there importance to the workforce. Why They Are Important
  6. 6. There are a number of ways that people can find help improving their functional skills: • Traineeships and Apprenticeships come with Functional Skills (if needed). • Pre-employment training can include functional skills (if needed). This can be completed into employment. Improve Them
  7. 7. If you are an individual looking to enhance your Functional Skills: • Improved career opportunities. • Increased motivation and confidence. • Positive learning experience. • Learn at a pace that suits you. The Benefits
  8. 8. The Benefits If you are a business looking to improve the Functional Skills of your staff: • Increased motivation and more competent workforce. • Improved attendance. • Reduction in staff turnover. • Builds confidence. • Increased employee loyalty. • Unlocks other skills they might not have utilised before. • Positive learning experiences leave learners wanting to learn more and will have a more positive attitude to training.
  9. 9. For More Information For more information about how Pathway2works work programme, functional skills training and pre-employment training can help you or your staff or for more information about Traineeships and Apprenticeships please: Call: 0121 707 0550 E-mail: info@pathwaygroup.co.uk