Functional Skills maths and English are an essential part of every apprenticeship course. As part of the apprenticeship standard, apprentices are unable to sit their End Point Assessment without prior achievement of maths and English qualifications.
If you have not already achieved your GCSE Grade 4/C (or other equivalent maths/English qualification) you will need to achieve your Functional Skills Level 2 Maths and Functional Skills English qualification.
You will work through an individual maths and English learning plan automatically created following the completion of your diagnostic assessment at the start of your course. You will complete your learning remotely and develop your skills through a combination of working on bksb as well as being supported by a specialist Functional Skills Tutor. You will undertake group learning via an online classroom (such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom) and you will complete your test(s) by attending a venue within your region. You will be informed at the start of your apprenticeship the month you will be completing your Functional Skills test.
You will also be given the opportunity to practise and develop your maths and English skills within your vocational sessions and through the completion of your apprenticeship portfolio such as transposition of mathematic formulae, risk assessment planning and writing, completing written reports following electrical, and gas pressure testing, calculation of cable conductors and copper piping, utilising Pythagoras theorem and Trigonometry to determine cable phases, and softer skills, such as effective communication and customer service skills.
Many people from all walks of life are held back because of a lack of the fundamental English and maths skills needed to function in the modern world. JTL is working with bksb to support learners to improve their skills, increase their confidence and fulfil their potential.
Jorel Walsh, JTL electrical apprentice, from Birmingham explains how he overcame several challenges on the way to passing his maths, ICT and English Functional Skills tests.
Jorel who works for Skeritt Electrical Ltd said ‘‘I really struggled with all aspects of Functional Skills. As it was scenarios instead of questions, I had a lot of doubts about whether I could pass the maths qualification at Level 2 to complete my apprenticeship and began to feel as if it was a hurdle that had got the better of me.’
“My JTL Functional Skills Tutor Patrycja Zawadzka is a great teacher, I am really pleased with her teaching. It’s helping me so much.”
Troy Starkey, JTL Property Maintenance Operative Learner