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Functional Skills for Employers

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 Literacy and numeracy skills in the workplace.       

Do you find that some of your employees struggle to work out basic calculations like adding VAT or sale prices? Do you find that this is a waste of your business’ time and resources?

Do your employees find it difficult to write properly spelt and punctuated emails or letters to your customers? Does this give your customers a good impression of your business?

There have been many reports and news stories about employers who are concerned about their workers lack of functional skills particularly in language and communication and in numeracy. It appears that GCSEs are not giving many people the skills needed to communicate well or do their jobs because they lack the ability to perform functional calculations or write accurately.

Ray, The Training Alliance Director summed it up when he said: ‘…people need to be able to read and write fluently and be able to carry out basic mental arithmetic.  Many school-leavers struggle with these essential life skills.’

If your business in particular, and indeed the whole of the UK economy, is going to be able to compete effectively then employees must have a good level of functional skills which they can apply to the work place. If your employees are well skilled, confident in their literacy and numeracy knowledge and able to apply what they know to the work place, then your business will be able to compete with the best.

Supporting your employees to improve their functional skills in Maths and English will help your business, increase your productivity and efficiency and improve your profile with your customers. Your employees will also gain by improving their skills, gaining in confidence and self-esteem as well as having the transferable skills to be able to do their job better.

To find out more about how we can help you improve the skills of your staff get in touch with our centre manager: