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“Lee thoroughly enjoyed his experience at Flower Skills and couldn’t wait to get there in the mornings.”
Construction Summer school
Functional Skills are new qualifications for ENGLISH, MATHS and ICT vital for young people and adults to participate in life, learning and work.
They are due to replace Skills for Life qualifications and the three main Key Skills qualifications and are seen by the Government as essential to address employers' concerns that young people and adults are not achieving a firm enough grounding in the basics.
Functional Skills are not just about knowledge in English, maths and ICT. They are also about knowing when and how to use this knowledge in real life situations.
Functional Skills will underpin all educational and training choices and will be included in qualifications and programmes such as Diplomas, GCSEs and apprenticeship frameworks, as well as being stand-alone qualifications in their own right.
We have found that our students engage more positively with this method of learning Functional Skills – indeed, they sometimes do not realise they are doing these subjects until it is pointed out to them.
What we do:
As an accredited (by City & Guilds) Functional Skills centre, Flower Skills’ approach to the development of students’ functional skills is to take as much as possible of the skills building out of the class room and into the workshops, developing these skills alongside their construction skills.
How we do it:
This involves not only identifying and using their existing skills and knowledge but developing their problem solving abilities using these skills.
For example, we might ask students to prepare a quotation for carrying out a set task, such as painting a wall. The students meet with the tutor to discuss the “job” then go away to write a quote. This involves measuring the walls to be painted, calculating the amount and cost of the paint required, deciding how much to charge for their labour, using percentages to work out VAT and writing out a formal quote.
They then do the “job” and once completed they write an invoice and an accompanying letter. The tutor is there to support and advise, but the process helps students see the relevance of the skills they are learning and using.
We see students develop as they tackle progressively more difficult scenarios and begin to challenge their own answers. The approach appeals to those less academic students who traditionally struggle with class based training as they do not see the application of these skills in day to day life.
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