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Functional Skills qualifications were developed in response to the employability needs set out in the government’s 14-19 Education and Skills White Paper. They are not about the basics of reading, writing, arithmetic and the use of ICT, but the acquisition of these basic skills help to underpin problem solving, instil confidence and heighten an individual’s ability to learn.
At NCFE we offer the full suite of Functional Skills qualifications – and we’re committed to providing advice and guidance to all our customers during this transition period.
To this end, NCFE is hosting free information and training events for our Functional Skills qualifications. These events are aimed at curriculum managers, programme leaders and tutors within colleges and training providers who are delivering or considering delivering one or more of the NCFE Functional Skills qualifications in English, Mathematics and ICT.
We will share information on preparation and how to contextualise the qualifications to different sectors, student activities, delivery and evidence gathering. There will also be an opportunity to share ideas with colleagues and discuss any questions on the qualifications and their content.
We’re also delighted to announce that along with presentations from the NCFE team, we also have two leading educational professionals speaking at the events; Maureen Emmett MBA, Director of Providing Solutions Ltd and Margaret Thomas, Chief Moderator for NCFE.
David Grailey is chief executive of NCFE, the training provider