Why is it important to have a “Functional Workforce”?

Why is it important to have a “Functional Workforce”?

Time in developing the maths and English abilities of your staff will transform them into confident, motivated and more highly qualified employees, with transferable skills that can be used across your organisation.

You will quickly see improvements in communication across your organisation as employees learn to perform effectively in cross functional teams, participate fully and lead discussions, listen and respond professionally and react appropriately and purposefully to your changing business demands

The LEAD approach to Functional Skills
The LEAD apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance embeds English and maths skills development throughout its programme. Your employees will be given a refresher on their existing skills, and the opportunity to learn new ones whilst carrying Lean-centered activities.

These will include: writing Standard Operating Procedures, working with 5S audit data, using Takt time calculations to improve efficiency, creating Action Plans, calculating production line costs and profits, managing discussions, negotiating successful problem resolution as a team and report writing.

At the LEAD induction meeting your employees will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths which will ensure they are enrolling on a programme of study which is appropriate to them. The results of these assessments are passed to the LEAD coaches and any employees who may require extra support are identified at this stage and given additional resources and support at the beginning of the programme.

All employees will work towards EAL accredited Functional Skills English and maths qualifications (equivalent to GCSE levels) during their programme with support from their LEAD coach. On training days there will be opportunities to practise these skills using the Lean focused activities. In addition to this each employee is issued with a full set of Functional Skills training materials for self-study at the start of the course. LEAD coaches will ensure that employees
carry out at least one practice examination for each subject before your employees sit the live exam.

In addition to the training from the LEAD coach at your company, we can also offer more specialist individual and small group training sessions to employees who require additional support and more help before they take their exams. These employees will work with the LEAD Functional Skills manager specifically on areas requiring development and increasing the confidence of those individuals.

The LEAD Functional Skills manager is also qualified to identify and assess any employees who have declared that they have learning difficulties (i.e., dyslexia, dyscalculia) or any physical difficulties and will ensure appropriate exam access arrangements are place with the awarding body before examinations are taken.