Functional Skills for Individuals

Things you should know

For young people aged 16-24, there is a possibility that the cost of taking a Functional Skills qualification can be funded. Therefore, it is advisable to ring us on 01992 677373 or e-mail us on to confirm this.

Functional Skills are the equivalent of GCSE level qualifications. There is no grading, just pass or fail. However, in recent years, it appears that GCSEs are not providing many people with the skills needed to communicate well or do their jobs because they lack the ability to perform functional calculations or write accurately.

Our Expertise

We are Functional Skills experts! Maureen led on the Functional Skills development for QCDA and Helen led on the development of Functional Skills and ESOL with Pearson. We have a team of more than 70 highly experienced specialist training and consultancy associates to call upon, which means that we can deliver quality training, consultancy and assessment design tailored to the needs of individuals and companies.

Using a blended learning approach, we pride ourselves in being responsive to provider needs and recognising time and budget constraints. We use classroom based, one to one, online with tutor support and can also deliver an intervention programme for those learners that may need a boost before their assessment.

We are successful!

EM Skills have recently worked with partners in the East of England (HRC), the Midlands and the South East , to support the development of Functional skills English and maths with over 500 employed adult learners, as part of the English and maths (ESF) funded project. Our achievement rate was 98% and we exceeding all contract numbers.


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