Everyday Skills What are ‘Everyday Skills’? Everyday Skills are the skills people need to function, not only in the workplace, but at home, with family, in their community and wider society.
Everyday Skills Everyday Skills, such as: Literacy Numeracy Basic I.T. English language for migrant workers Financial capability Digital skills We also offer support to those who may have dyslexia, or other ‘learning differences’.
Everyday Skills What do we do: Scottish Union Learning works with unions to raise awareness of Everyday Skills issues, and to support members who want to improve their skills. Everyday Skills courses are often the first learning activity people have been involved in since they left school, and quite often, they require confidence building skills and basic communication skills.
Everyday Skills Popular courses: Basic I.T. Writing Better Reports C.V. Writing Presentation Skills Personal Finance Understanding Pensions We don’t call them ‘literacy’ and ‘numeracy’ courses.
ALiS 2020 Adult Literacies in Scotland 2020 Scottish Union Learning also works with the Scottish Government and other partners to take forward the strategy for adult literacies, which is known as ALIS 2020. This is Strategic Guidance, not government policy, but we are working to improve the current system for funding and provision of adult literacies, particularly workplace literacies.
ALiS 2020 Literacies for Employability and the Workplace: Definition: “the reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy capabilities needed to handle information, express ideas and opinions, make decisions and solve problems, in order to work towards, gain, keep or progress in paid or unpaid work.”
Digital Participation Digital skills have become ‘Everyday Skills’. SUL works with unions to encourage more people to get online: Learning Shopping Banking Social networking Schemes to promote cheap PCs and laptops for ULRs: http://www.getonlineathome.org
Digital Participation Scotland has the lowest broadband uptake that the rest of the UK – 60% against a national average of 71%. The fact that 90% of all new jobs require basic internet skills means there is a role for the unions here. In addition, changes to welfare benefits (including those available to people in work) will have an impact. Universal benefits are going online next year, so if people can’t access the internet they will be excluded.
Financial Capability There has been a growing interest in financial capability skills, particularly given the current economic climate. Numeracy isn’t just about counting. It has strong links with financial capability issues such as: budgeting understanding mobile phone tariffs interest rates Pensions mortgages etc.
Dyslexia The SUL Dyslexia Group: Dyslexia awareness sessions Dyslexia Guide Workplace events National Dyslexia Awareness Week Dyslexia training for ULRs and union members (PDA)