Lsp Level 3 Functional Skills and Embedding

Functional Skills and Embedding.

Functional Skills are replacing level 1, 2 Key Skills from September 2012. The last applications were in August 2012 but these were mainly for learners on apprenticeships that had already started them. Key Skills was introduced into the curriculum in 2000 to try and teach learners skills they would use throughout their lives. A Level 3Key Skills qualification is on a par with attaining an A-Level and a Level 2 is equal to a GCSE at an A – C grade. Although a Level 3 qualification counted as 20 UCAS points towards a university place, they had very little interest in them. Learners were not interested in them very much either, as it was felt it did not test or stretch most learners and some were exempt if they had A – C GCSE grades, as they only had to submit portfolio work.The change to Functional Skills is supposed to better educate and help prepare the workforce to be better suited to compete in the world market as there are a lot less manufacturing jobs available in the UK today.
The Leitch review of skills report in 2006 states:
As a result of low skills, the UK risks increasing inequality, deprivation and child poverty, and risks a generation cut off permanently from labour market opportunity. The best form of welfare is to ensure that people can adapt to change. Skills were once a key lever for prosperity and fairness. Skills are now increasingly the key lever. A radical step-change is necessary.

The report set a target that by 2020, 95% of learners should have attained Level 1 in Literacy and Entry 3 in Numeracy. Although literacy standards are improving, currently numeracy standards are falling. The timing of the report also coincided with the start of 14 – 16 year olds being able to access vocational courses in colleges.

Factors affecting these changes were that not enough 16 year olds were going into further education and it is now in the process of being phased in that all 16 year olds will have to be enrolled...