Update on Functional Skills in apprenticeships requirements
The DfE has published a COVID-19 response document that lays out changes to Functional Skills in Intermediate Apprenticeships.
For Level 2 (intermediate) apprenticeships, apprentices must achieve a Level 1 in both English and maths Functional Skills qualifications to complete their apprenticeship. Intermediate apprentices were also required to study towards, and attempt, the Functional Skills assessments at Level 2.
Ofqual have published their approach to assessment for vocational and technical skills in light of COVID-19. This includes confirmation that students due to take Functional Skills assessments this summer will receive a calculated grade. In light of this guidance, and the fact that scheduled Functional Skills assessments are not taking place, the rule requiring Level 2 apprentices to study towards, and attempt, the Functional Skills assessments at Level 2 is suspended temporarily. This will allow apprentices, employers, providers, and end point assessment organisations, to focus on other key requirements for completion of a Level 2 apprenticeship.