E&T Foundation report on how Functional Skills qualifications are seen

The Education and Training Foundation have published a report that outlines current views from employers on Functional Skills qualifications. The report provides an useful overview on the current state of Functional Skills in England and gives some insight on how these qualifications are now viewed. The three major conclusions are:

  1. Functional Skills qualifications are gaining recognition and are generally viewed favourably by employers.
  2. Functional Skills qualifications help learners who have not performed well at GCSE by providing them with skills that are valued by learners.
  3. The Functional Skills system is, “not broken, but can be improved”.

Professor Ed Sallis (chair of the steering group) commented on the report on fenews. He draws attention to the point that qualification brands take two generations to bed down, so there is still plenty of work to be done with improving the Functional Skills brand.

Read the full report online here.


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