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Basic Skills Employer Pledge
The Basic Skills Employer Pledge has been developed as part of the National Strategy to reduce the substantial number of adults in Wales with poor literacy and numeracy skills. It is intended for all private and public sector companies and organisations, whatever their size. It allows them to demonstrate their commitment to the National Strategy in a concrete way.

Basic Skills Employer Pledge

Family Programmes and KUWC
The Basic Skills Agency's Family Programmes in Wales consist of programmes and workshops run in all Local Education Authorities to help parents improve their own basic skills and to get them back into learning whilst helping their children.

Family Programmes

Financial Literacy and Consumer Education
The aim of the financial literacy and consumer education initiative is to use this context as a means of attracting a wider group of learners into improving their basic skills. Discussions with colleagues in the further education sector, agriculture and voluntary and community organisations indicate that not only is financial and consumer capability an increasing area of concern, but that it is also a context which attracts a wide range of learners including some difficult to reach groups.

Financial Literacy and Consumer Education

National Support Project for Basic Skills in Further Education Colleges

Further Education NSP

National Support Project for Basic Skills in the Workplace
The NSP works to promote and develop the Employers Pledge in Wales. Employers are invited to sign the pledge thus committing them to support its employees in improving their basic skills. The NSP offers additional help in assisting the employers to develop a basic skills strategy and action plan.

Workplace NSP

National Support Project for Basic Skills in Training Organisations
The aim of the NSP is:
"to improve the capacity of training organisations to provide effective, high quality, basic skills teaching which is relevant to the vocational context in which the training provider operates."

Training Organisation NSP

National Support Project for Basic Skills in Voluntary and Community Organisations
The aim of the NSP is:
"to provide advice and support for voluntary organisations and community focused services which work with clients who may have basic skills problems. The purpose of the project will be to increase the capacity of these organisations and services to help their clients within the context of the organisation's activities"

Voluntary and Community NSP

National Support Project for the Post 16 Quality Mark
The aim of the NSP is:
"to provide advice and support to organisations which provide basic skills tuition to adults to meet the criteria of the Post 16 Quality Mark and achieve or renew the Quality Mark".

NSP Post 16 Quality Mark

Post 16 Quality Mark
The Post-16 Quality mark provides a framework for raising standards of English/Welsh language, literacy and numeracy among adults. The Quality Mark focuses on effectiveness, as well as on entitlement, on development as well as on current provision.

Post 16 Quality Mark

Supporting ESOL/EAL programmes
Our ESOL/EAL programme aims to strengthen the support available to adults and children from linguistic minority communities in response to the ESOL/EAL scoping study, EAL and ESOL in Wales, commissioned in October 2002.


Teacher Training for Basic Skills Teachers in Post 16 sectors
The main aim of the Teacher Training programme in Wales is to strengthen the quality of basic skills teaching in the post-16 sector and to ensure that providers have sufficient capacity to support substantial improvements in basic skills levels in Wales.

Teacher Training

The Tripartite Course
The aim of the Tripartite Course is to prepare young people and adults for a Level 1 qualification in literacy, numeracy and I.T. The Course has been written to cover all the skills, knowledge and understanding needed at this level. It is aimed at learners who are at the top of Entry 3 or the lower end of Level 1.

National Support Projects 2006
Find out about the four new National Support Projects for 2006.
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