How to pass Functional Skills Tip 1: Provide early support

Recent Ofsted reports offered quite candid insigts on how to prepare your apprentices for the Functional Skills exams:


  • Provide early support

Apprentices who are required to take functional skills examinations in English, mathematics or information and communication technology use online learning packages and workbooks to preparefor examinations. Trainer-assessors provide support, but this is too late in apprentices’programmes to help them develop the skills they need in the workplace and to be confident about passing their examinations.

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Most apprentices have good skills in English and mathematics. However, for the very small number of apprentices who do not,leaders have been too slow to make suitable arrangements for themto gain these skills. As a result, these apprentices have not yet started working towards their qualifications.