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Functional Skills - New Introductory Offer

With Functional Skills in English and Maths due to be available for centres to offer this month, IQ are launching a special introductory offer.

We are delighted to confirm that IQ has now been accredited to offer all of the Maths and English Functional Skills qualifications, with development of ICT not far behind! The first registrations should be well underway by the end of this month.

Functional Skills are vitally important for IQ and our customers, given that they are a compulsory component of apprenticeships and will play a key role in raising general Maths and English skills in the workforce. We now join an elite group of just 17 awarding organisations that are accredited to offer these qualifications.

To give you some background, Functional Skills were developed to replace Key Skills and Skills for Life qualifications in 2010, after concerns were raised that learners were still lacking the basic knowledge they needed to function in the workplace.

In developing these qualifications, we have tried to stay as close as possible to this original design purpose. As such, our Functional Skills assessment is fully grounded in the workplace. We provide realistic scenarios, use familiar office software and acknowledge modern office realities through the use of features such as a spelling check.

Functional Skills are recognised by the government as approved qualifications which support development in English and Maths and feature in Ofsted guidance. Besides being a key requirement for apprenticeship frameworks and traineeships and being taken by full-time learners engaged in further education, they are also useful for adults in work or preparing for work. This crucial role they play in up-skilling the nation is reflected in the funding they receive. Adult learners are entitled to £724 per subject for stand-alone Functional Skills (with even more for Entry Level Maths) and the payment for apprenticeships has recently been almost doubled!

If you aren’t currently offering Functional Skills but want to consider these qualifications as part of your offer, IQ can offer you support in up-skilling your staff. The IQ Level 3 Award in Mathematics for Numeracy Teaching and the IQ Level 3 Award in English for Literacy and Language Teaching are new qualifications, designed to support assessors to develop their own Maths and English skills so that they can support learners more effectively.

New Introductory Offer

To encourage you to try our innovative new approach with your learners, IQ will be offering the Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills registrations at half the usual price for the next 3 months.

This means that during the months of August, September and October, you can register learners on the  for just £6.75! Switching to IQ is easy with no product installation required and we offer you the choice of paper based or online / on-screen assessments (where applicable).

Our team are standing by to talk you through any questions you might have so if you need any more information or you would like guidance on how to be approved to offer functional skills with IQ, please give us a call!


Aug 01, 2013 03:36 PM
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