Functional Skills are a key element of the 14-19 reforms and comprise practical skills in English, Mathematics and ICT. These core elements provide people with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and at work. People who have these skills will be able to participate and progress in education, training and employment. They will also be able to make a positive contribution to the communities in which they live and work.
Functional Skills are common to all our lives. They help us make sense of daily life, for example when working out which deal is best value, writing an application letter or surfing the internet. They are about problem solving, effective decision-making, and resolving real life challenges.
Functional Skills qualifications in English, Mathematics and ICT became available nationally in September 2010.