The development of English and maths skills are an essential part of any Apprenticeship course of study. These subjects can be developed through Functional Skills which are recognised as a direct equivalent to a traditional GCSE qualification. 

Individuals who wish to be considered for an Apprenticeship will need to complete functional skills maths and English if these qualifications have-not already been gained or proof or these qualifications cannot be obtained. 

Universities have also told us that developing maths and English skills as part of the curriculum is important. It means that young people and adults entering HE are more able to immediately focus on their course and cope with what comes their way.

Functional skills can be studied through several partner organisations that Mersey Care works with to assist individual to gain the relevant qualification to progress through or onto an apprenticeship programme. 

These courses are usually free of charge to colleagues within the Trust who wish to progress onto further study through the apprenticeships.

There are several Apprenticeships that require Functionals skills to be in place prior to commencement on a course.

  • All non-integrated and Integrated Undergraduate and Post graduate Degree Level Apprenticeships (Level 5 – 7)  

To ensure that widening participation can take place within apprenticeships lower-level courses usually allow individuals to complete function skills maths and English while on Programme. 

  • Entry and intermediate Apprenticeships (Levels 2-4) *This is subject to provider approval and is subject to change based on course delivery method and course content*

Individuals who wish to be considered for an Apprenticeship will need to complete functional skills Maths and English if these qualifications have-not already been gained or proof or these qualifications cannot be obtained.​

 

  1. Complete a CPD Application Form and submit electronically for approval.
  2. Once a CPD application is approved by your manager you will be contacted by the apprenticeship team to complete a provider enrolment form apprenticeships@merseycare.nhs.uk 
  3. Referrals for the courses are made monthly to the provider once sufficient numbers are in place for a cohort, enrolements will start.  
  4. Once referral forms have been sent by the trust to the provider  The provider will contact applicants directly and arrange for initial assessment, confirmation of course level and start date.

Once weekly remote delivery via Teams 1 hour Maths and 1 hour English.  Options are available to attend both subjects one day (Subject to provider resource availability)

Opportunities for face to face delivery are available, however this is based on provider resource and this may delay enrolments. 

Exam dates will be booked when the provider determines to students have obtained the required knowledge.

For any further information about Functional Skills please visit the Learning and Development Prospectus.    

Alternatively please contact: apprenticeships@merseycare.nhs.uk