Fenland Council in bid to improve the district's English and maths skills
By Tom Jackson A COUNCIL is set to take a skills programme out into the community in its attempt to improve residents every-day abilities in English and maths. The Skills for Life scheme could be rolled out by Fenland District Council to combat low atta
By Tom Jackson
A COUNCIL is set to take a skills programme out into the community in its attempt to improve residents' every-day abilities in English and maths.
The Skills for Life scheme could be rolled out by Fenland District Council to combat low attainment levels in the subjects.
A report to the council's staff committee said the scheme could be taken out to communities after more than 100 staff gained extra skills.
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Shari Khan, the council's change and development manager, told the committee: "We are conscious that these actions will form part of our longer-term work with the communities that we serve.
"We are also aware of a commitment from partners to work with us in finding solutions to address some of the traditionally low skill levels we have in Fenland.
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"Most importantly, this work links in directly to our corporate objective of raising educational attainment levels in the community."
Skills for Life courses help develop every-day skills such as reading, writing and numeracy.
According to the report close to 100 staff have undertaken full assessment, and nearly 60 more staff gained a qualification in literacy or numeracy.
A further 22 staff are currently working towards the qualification and 12 staff are on a waiting list.
The council is now hoping to target the public and businesses through a number of media including leaflets, skills conferences, the TV network in the four one-stop shops and the Fenland Eye page in this newspaper.