International Literacy Day (8 September) – How an English Functional Skills qualification could transform your life!
By Alison German
Today is International Literacy Day! Roughly 12 percent of the world’s population is considered functionally illiterate, with only basic or below average literacy levels in their native languages. What’s more – 781 million people worldwide cannot read or write at all, including 126 million youth.*
Functional illiteracy is not just a problem limited to developing nations. In the UK, poor literacy skills are widespread. 16% of adults (around 5.8 million) people in England and Northern Ireland scoring at the lowest level of proficiency in literacy.*
This is where an English Functional Skills qualification comes in!
From better career prospects and increasing confidence, to further educational opportunities and greater independence; the power of literacy knows no bounds. Our English Functional Skills courses have no formal academic entry requirements, and are open to anyone based in the UK. Undertaking a formal qualification will help to you participate fully in society, transforming your life in more ways than one…
You will give yourself the freedom to live life in the way you choose!
Think about all the daily tasks which require basic literacy skills. Applying for jobs, doing the weekly shop, arranging appointments and travelling to name just a few. Improving your literacy will therefore help give you the freedom to take charge of tasks and situations you might have ordinarily relied upon others to handle. What’s more – with independence will come bucket loads of new found confidence and self-esteem that you can use to excel in your educational, work and personal life!
You will be well on the way to further learning!
Functional Skills form a vital part of all apprenticeship frameworks in England and can, in some cases, be used to progress onto higher level programmes of study. See current apprenticeship vacancies at CAW Business School
You will increase your career prospects and pave the way to higher wages!
Learning to read, write and communicate effectively will be a solid asset in the jobs market, helping you stand out among stiff competition. This starts right from your CV. Something as small as a spelling or grammar mistake could be the difference between getting shortlisted and receiving a rejection email. Higher literacy will also allow you to expand your job role and take on more responsibility at work. This will pave the way to promotion and higher wages!
You will be able to pass on your skills to others!
Imagine how wonderful it would feel to be able to help others by passing on your literacy skills. If you have children, you will be able to support them with homework throughout their time at school.
Being able to read, write and communication effectively can enhance your career prospects for life. Our English Functional Skills courses have no formal academic entry requirements, and are open to anyone based in the UK. More information on how to apply can be found on our website.