Foundation Skills

WHAT ARE ‘FOUNDATION SKILLS’ AND WHY DO WE NEED THEM?

Foundation skills (‘FSK’) are also called ‘core’ or ‘generic’ skills. They are what we need to effectively function in both life and work in the modern era. Foundation skills have emerged in vocational training packages over the last twenty years for several reasons:
1. Many employees struggle to stay ahead of ICT technology and computing and FSK provide a means to master basic computing ability and stay current in
the workforce.
2. There is a much greater need today for good literacy and numeracy in working life, as well as skills such as communication and teamwork compared to twenty or thirty years ago. Few people nowadays will successfully transition across fifty years of working life without these abilities.
3. They act as stepping-stones, precursors to mainstream vocational training. Without mastering foundation skills first, completing a Cert II or Cert III program would be extremely challenging.
4. They offer a second chance to learn what some people failed to master at school but now urgently require as adults.

WHAT WILL THEY AID WITH?

Mastery of FSK will mean the ability to navigate so many of the basic requirements of everyday life such as:
• Learning to drive
• Filling out enrolment and application forms and completing background checks
• Filling in logs, records and time-sheets
• Learning safety protocols and avoiding unsafe areas or machinery
• Basic calculations for shopping, recipes, maps, mileage or finances
• Telling time and reading calendars; planning activities
• Using mobile phones and texting, emailing and basic computing
• Understanding menus, charts and instructions etc.

HOW WILL STUDENTS LEARN THESE SKILLS?

Our experience in this area has shown us that taking a ‘school-like’ approach to teaching FSK skills – when many students failed the first time around in mainstream classrooms, is not likely to be a successful approach. We have found that a softer approach, using art, music, cooking or craft skills while building literacy, numeracy and digital literacy into such courses, is a far more effective approach with better completion rates and overall outcomes. We are therefore able to discuss your participants' requirements and then custom design a program to suit them. For further information, please talk to James Krause, our VET and FSK Coordinator on 6933 5513 for further information.

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