Spring 2019


Drive To Boost Functional Skills Maths Qualifications Across County

FS Maths

HAFLS has had a focus this Spring on signing up Herts residents to intensive 13 week maths courses, designed to equip them with Functional Skills maths qualifications, which is equivalent to a GCSE.

This coincides with the news 'that British businesses are being urged to do more to tackle deficient numeracy skills among their employees, as the cost to the economy tops £26bn. (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/04/17/businesses-told-help-staff-brush-numeracy/)

Government data, analysed by charity National Numeracy, suggests that 17 million adults – 49pc of the working-age population of England – have the numeracy level expected of primary school children.

This is costing the UK economy around 1.3pc of GDP, claims Pro Bono Economics, which in 2018 equated to £26.3bn.'

Assessment sessions have been held in three locations where adults aged 19 and over have been able to drop in and find out if they are suitable to enrol on the 13 week courses, which require full attendance and additional homework in order to make the grade.

As an ongoing concern, with the courses due to start at the end of April, we look forward to publishing more on this story and the learners' successes in the summer issue of HAFLS Share.

In the meantime, if you have a workforce or individual that you feel needs help with their maths skills, please get in contact with us to discuss on 01992 556194.


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