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How Functional Skills help centres support learners

Fabienne Bailey, Interim Director for Business Growth and Transformation, talks about a new suite of qualifications that will help centres to support learners with the fundamental skills in English, Maths and ICT.


According to the National Literacy Trust, 16.4% of adults in England, or 7.1 million people, can be described as having 'very poor literacy skills. And in the whole of the UK, there are 16 million people, or half the working-age population, who have numeracy levels of a primary school student. To help address this Functional Skills qualifications now form a key component of 16-19 Study Programmes and are a key component of apprenticeship training.

Love them or hate them, they are not going away any time soon and here at AIM Group, we are delighted to now be able to offer our customers one of the best offers out there in the market right now.

We support the government’s drive to raise English and maths levels of young people and adults but recognise the challenges colleges and training providers face in making this learning as exciting and engaging as other vocational, technical or academic studies.

We support the need to raise levels of English and maths across all sectors so that people have the foundations of functional skills to support them through life and work. We want to help our customers to support more learners on study programmes, apprenticeship training programmes, Pre Access to HE programmes and other adult learning courses to improve their individual skills levels.

We know our centres want an easy registration system, easy exams booking, a choice of paper based or online assessments, responsive support and training, tools and resources and competitive pricing. We know that you value our high quality assurance service and we have listened to your requests to put more of your regulated qualification portfolios with us.

So our exciting news is that through our long standing friendship and collaborative work with Open Awards, another leading awarding body partner in the FE sector, we can now offer our customers their full suite of Functional Skills qualifications through your existing approval with AIM Group, meaning you can put more of your provision in one place.

Find out more

Current AIM centres (AIM/Open College Network West Midlands or legacy One Awards centres) can apply to deliver these qualification through the MIA portal or through the website. Once approved, centres will receive training and support on accessing the tools and resources. There is no additional approval fee required. For more information AIM centres should contact their Centre Lead or email our customer experience team.

New centres

Centres new to the AIM Group, should speak to our Business Development Team who can talk you through the offer.

Find out more about becoming an AIM centre



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