Functional Skills are a replacement for key Skills qualifications and are a key aspect of the Governments 14-19 reforms. They are the practical skills in Literacy, Numeracy and Information Communication Technology needed to enable individuals to work effectively and independently in all aspects of life and to provide a foundation to progress in further education, training or employment. Functional Skills are in all four qualification routes for 14-19 year olds these being; GCSE’s, Diplomas, Apprenticeships and Foundation Learning.
The Personal and Social Development course sits alongside functional skills and Vocational qualifications to form the Foundation Learning Program. The course incorporates ICT through using the internet to research and select information about jobs and career paths and, also, by producing a C.V and composing a letter using ICT programs. The learners are also required to record the information sourced through the internet in various forms including; completing an action plan and producing records for their portfolio to be completed in written form and therefore demonstrating their ability to read and write information.
The Personal and Social development course offers many opportunities to embed functional skills, starting with an activity whereby the learners are required to use the internet and other forms of media, to research a variety of jobs. This activity helps to develop reading skills such as skimming and summarising along with ICT skills.
Another activity uses a combination of all three functional skills. Each learner is asked to work individually to search for jobs of interest and make comparisons, as well as developing reading and ICT skills in the research part of the activity, the learners are asked to order similar jobs by salary, taking into account the cost of travel. The mathematic skills used in this activity include;...