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Engineering – Functional Skills English Maths and IT


What are “Functional skills” and why are they important for everyone, including engineers?

These are skills that you will need for almost any type of job and they are certainly essential for jobs in engineering. Employers say that these skills, along with the employability skills, are just as important as any technical experience or qualifications.

  • English — basic literacy, good spelling, grammar and handwriting as well as communication skills like listening, talking and giving or following instructions.
  • Maths — practical number skills like measuring, weighing, handling money and problem solving.

Functional skills are so important that they are now an integrated part of your apprenticeship or full time programme at the college.


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Functional Skills poster