With maths & English skills provision remaining firmly in the educational spotlight the debate continues over which qualifications are best suited to meet the needs of the next generation of learners.

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The biggest question remaining in this debate is whether GCSEs or Functional Skills should be used to deliver maths & English training within Apprenticeships. As things currently stand, a recent GCSE at grades A*-C serves to exempt a learner from further study as part of their apprenticeship. If further study is required, however, then Functional Skills are the preferred option for many providers, as their focus on practical application often appeals to learners in a way that the academic qualifications fail to manage. Read full article…

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