City : Learning Campus : English and Maths
Why are these skills so important?
All employers will expect you to have some English and Maths skills, so improving your skills in these areas will help you get ahead in your job, or even get a new job!
Most employers will expect you to have at least Level 2 English and Maths: this level means that you should be able to read, write, and do some sums. Most courses up to Level 2 are government funded.
If you haven’t yet got level 2 Maths and English you may be able to achieve it quite quickly through a ‘fast track’ course, or you may need to start from the beginning and attend courses for at least a year before sitting exams, it depends on your age and your circumstances. If you are between 16 and 18 and go to college or start on an apprenticeship or Study Programme, your Maths and English will be assessed by your learning provider and you will automatically be enrolled on a level 2 course if needed. If you are 19+ there are a range of options open to you including on line courses run by Adult and Community Learning, or part time GCSE courses run by local colleges.
The BBC has some useful (and free) online resources
Bracknell and Wokingham college offers basic skills and GCSE courses
Reading College also provides classes in English and Maths
These courses are best for those who want to push their skills to a higher level
National Numeracy is a charity dedicated to improving mathematical skills
Edexcel provides practice tests online