Functional Skills Update. July 2006. A Snapshot Of Reform Ambition. Framework Credit Specialised Diplomas at Levels 1, 2 and 3 Foundation Learning Tier (‘bottomless’ entry and level 1) Vocational Qualifications Reform And underpinning all of this … Functional Skills.
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Pressure from employers to ensure that both young people and adults are able to fully function in English, maths and ICT basic skills has led to the functionality agenda being a key initiative in both the 14-19 Education and Skills White paper and the second Skills White Paper
Functional Skills underpins the reform agenda.
‘Our nation’s skills are not world class. We run the risk that this will undermine the UK’s long-term prosperity. We have many important strengths … But we have considerable weaknesses. More than one third of adults do not hold the equivalent of a basic school-leaving qualification. Almost half of adults are not functionally numerate and one sixth are not functionally literate … Improving our schools will not solve these problems. Today over 70 per cent of our 2020 workforce has already completed their compulsory education.’