As one the UKs leading Awarding Organisations, Training Qualifications UK are passionate about providing and championing a high standard of teaching and qualifications within all industry sectors.
This ensures that learners at all levels receive the best support and training they need to be successful on their chosen career paths. Without question, sound literacy and numeracy skills are key to a professional within the Young People’s Workforce.
Not everyone learns in the same way and we believe that alternative vocational learning routes provide a vital alternative to the more traditional academic route.
Functional Skills were designed as and are widely recognised as an established alternative to GCSE English and Maths. They provide many learners who Are approaching learning at this level for the first time or those who are looking to up skill in these areas the opportunity to do so in a flexible, working environment.
We fully support the recognition of Functional Skills qualifications as a viable alternative to GCSEs. We do not support the view that only employees with C grade GCSEs in Maths and English are qualified enough to care for young children.
As a company which provides vocational qualifications and apprenticeships to a 200+ strong approved centre network across the UK, our concerns are for new learners looking to join the childcare workforce, but also those working through their vocational qualifications at present.
Requiring Early Years Educators to hold Cs at GCSE in Maths and English with no equivalent allowed could represent a brick wall for many, stifling growth within an already challenging sector and causing huge staff shortages.
We are fully committed to the Save Our Early Years campaign in the hope of reversing the government’s decision that all Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYEs) must have at least a Grade C in GCSE English and Maths to count in the ratios.