Preparation for Work and Life
Many people, including the general public and employers, use qualifications as a proxy for skills and GCSE qualifications are generally seen as the main benchmark. However, Functional Skills are emerging as qualifications that are equally valued by employers, learners and the education and training sector. With this as the backdrop, CableCom Training sets out to provide a strong basis for both unemployed learners and apprentices in the area of Functional Skills.
CableCom Training staff work with learners to support their literacy and numeracy development to improve their employability and job prospects. As part of this strategy, literacy has been embedded into the vocational element of the qualification to assess learners’ reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. Tasks include taking part in discussions, looking at case studies and coming up with solutions to problems. There is also the opportunity to benefit from creating an industry specific CV and covering letter to use in conjunction with the company’s ‘Employment Zone’, where learners have access to current vacancies in the industry and are given support to develop those areas that they feel least confident in. Learners will also be offered the opportunity to gain an English/maths qualification and this will be done in negotiation with each learner and their tutor based on their skill level at the start and end of the course.
For Apprentices – Framework requirements
Functional Skills qualifications, GCSE qualifications and other alternatives provide young people and adults with the transferable skills in English, maths and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to help them adapt and learn throughout their working life in an ever changing economy. To meet the requirements of the framework, apprentices will have to provide evidence that they already hold a suitable qualification in English, maths and ICT. If however apprentices have not gained a Grade C or above at GCSE or a Functional Skills in these subjects, apprentices will have to achieve these Functional Skills as part of their study programme to meet the framework requirements. Learners will be advised by their tutors on which Functional Skills, if any, they have to complete as part of their studies.