Moving from Key Skills to Functional Skills: A step by step guide for independent training providers


Last updated: 26th Mar 2012

AELP in collaboration with Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) has produced a practical guide ‘Moving from Key Skills to Functional Skills’ for all skills providers making the transition to Functional Skills qualification delivery within Apprenticeships from September 2012.

The guide is aimed at those of you who have some knowledge of functional skills but have yet to offer them within your organisation; it will also be useful if you already have some experience but would like to adopt a more coherent approach.  The aim of this guide is to offer all providers some practical help so that they can prepare to deliver functional skills within Apprenticeships.

It will:
• explain what actions you need to take;
• offer advice, suggestions and tips and
• provide you with signposts to further information and support.

The Functional Skills Guide is available to download below.


Just some of the comments we have received so far...

  • Thanks for this - it is very useful - a great guide to support implementation!
  • This is an extremely useful document. Thanks for providing the link.
  • A great guide that shows providers how to resource and to strategies for functional skills.
  • This is a great guide and I have sent it to interested parties whom I deal with. Thanks for the heads up!
  • This is a must see guide for providers not yet fully converted to Functional Skills


AELP has added Functional Skills to its ever growing family of SIGs and Sector Forums!

The meeting is designed to help providers as they grapple with the transition from Key to Functional Skills, which is probably one of the biggest operational challenges providers face this year.
The event will give providers an opportunity to;
•         Discuss solutions to the barriers and challenges that the introduction of Functional Skills brings
•         Share best practice with colleagues working across different sectors
•         Find out about the range of support services available.


Non-member organisation can attend one meeting per annum however; they will be subject to a delegate fee, £99 + vat per person payable in advance. Please contact the AELP Office on 0117 947 2099 to make payment by a credit/debit card.

Member Pledge:
Any non member, who pays the non member’s rate and subsequently becomes a member within 30 days of attending the sector forum, will be reimbursed the difference between the non member rate and the member rate from their annual membership.



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