Functional Skills





English, Maths and ICT Skills – The Essential Building Blocks

English, Maths and Information and Communication Technology ( ICT ) are the essential skills that people require to be able to do their jobs, run a home, manage money and enjoy a social life.

In today’s world we all need to have solid foundations in English, Maths and ICT skills. Although these skills are all fundamental, they are not the same at all and many of us will have more confidence in some areas and gaps in others. Most of us are a mixed bag and will want support in these different areas.

The important thing is that any learning is relevant to our adult lives, flexible and enjoyable. With the right encouragement and support we can all recognise our potential and build our confidence.

With strong foundations we can go on to progress our learning and change our lives for the better.

URTU’s learning and skills project aims to support and encourage people with developing these skills. ULRs are the key people to support and encourage workmates, friends and family.

This section gives more information on:

  • English – To survive and get on at work and life, we all need to have a decent level of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

  • Maths – Without good math’s we struggle with much of what we are bombarded with in our lives e.g. Difficulties understanding payslips, DIY– buying too many tiles, too much paint and wallpaper etc.

  • ICT – Every day, more jobs and social activities become dependent on Information & Communication Technology (ICT) skills. Government services, banking and even social lives are managed more easily by those who know their way round a computer or smart phone. We all need good ICT skills to cope with the demands of modern living.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL) – ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. It differs from straightforward adult English because it is specifically aimed at people who don’t have English as their first language, so they have different learning needs. People with ESOL needs face additional barriers to getting on at work, and integrating into their communities.
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