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**STOP PRESS**  WALES TUC CYMRU NOW HOLDS FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL SKILLS COURSES. CONTACT YOUR WULF PROJECT MANAGER FOR DETAILS.

Building Essential Skills Through Union Led Learning

Welsh Government recognises that essential Skills are the foundation upon which all other skills are built and, on page 20 of their "Policy Statement on Skills" it is encouraging to read that they will:

"Support individuals to improve their Essential Skills so that they are best placed to access work opportunities or progress while in employment.

In taking forward this action we will seek to:
• establish Level 2 Essential Skills as the aspiration for the majority of adults without an appropriate level of qualification, and refocus the Employer Pledge to ensure employers recognise Essential Skills as a critical element of their workforce
• underpin our focus on Essential Skills at Level 2 with innovative and cost effective delivery models that build upon the non-formal learning of the Wales Union Learning Fund, and use ICT and other methods to embed Essential Skills as part of mainstream vocational training programmes."

Welsh Government have introduced new Digital Literacy qualifications to replace the ICT units and a new set of qualifications 'Essential Employability Skills'  based around personal development and personal effectiveness.  

A number of bodies, including the CBI, have put forward definitions and employer requirements of what are considered to be ‘Employability Skills’. Employability Skills are transferable skills suggested as being:

  • Application of numeracy                     }
  • Communication and literacy               }           Yes, we are familiar with these!
  • Application of IT                                 }

Other required skills include:

  • Time management
  • Self-management: including self-awareness and initiative
  • Problem-solving: including questioning and evaluating
  • Teamworking: including a positive regard for others
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • A positive attitude, with a ‘can-do’ approach and openness to new ideas
  • Business and customer awareness

The new qualifications of Essential Employability Skills cover all of these requirements. 


Anne Jenkins
email: ajenkins@tuc.org.uk
mobile: 07827 321 725

Useful websites to help improve your essential skills:

Wales Essential Skills Toolkit Screener

Literacy:       http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/interactive-resources/literacy

ICT level 1:  http://keyskills-stage.excellencegateway.org.uk/KsspTrainer/new-ict-l1.html  (Needs Flash Player)

ICT Level 2: http://keyskills-stage.excellencegateway.org.uk/KsspTrainer/new-ict-l2.html  (Needs Flash Player)

Numeracy:  http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/interactive-resources/numeracy

                    http://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/

                    https://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/home/index.html

Digital Literacy: alison.com

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