It is part of the funding rules that all apprentices must complete initial assessments in English and maths. For some programmes, learners must also complete an initial assessment in ICT too.
The reason for this is set out in the ESFA’s Apprenticeship Funding Rules:
“English and maths are essential to supporting longer-term career prospects. This is why all apprentices must be supported to gain these essential skills and secure recognised qualifications”.
However, if you have achieved English and maths at GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) then you are exempt from having to take any formal exams.
If you have not achieved English and maths at GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) then we will deliver additional English and maths training to you in order to help you achieve Functional Skills Level 2 certification. This means you will need to sit exams but please don’t worry, the exams are computer based, work-related and we will make sure you are fully prepared.
As a minimum If you are on a Level 2 Apprenticeship Programme, you will need to pass your Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths to achieve the full apprenticeship.
Although If you are on a Level 3 or above Apprenticeship Programme, you will need to pass your Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths to achieve the full apprenticeship.
Please note that some apprenticeships require ICT also.
Originally published: 14 December, 2020
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