The City and Guilds Key Skills qualifications offer you handy skills that are necessary for you to excel at work in both training and education; this is inclusive of your general life. There are basically six key skills that are essential for you: Communication, application of number, improving personal learning and performance, working with others, ICT (information and communication technology) and problem solving.
These key skills can be taken either on their own or as part of a specific learning programme like an apprenticeship. In England, application of number, ICT and communication are now closed unless you’re an apprenticeship learner. They’ve been replaced with ‘Functional Skills’ in England. Though in Northern Ireland, it has been changed to Essential Skills, while in Wales, it is Essential Skills Wales.
The other key skills are the same all across Wales, England and Northern Ireland. The question to be asked then is the reason for choosing City and Guilds. A City and Guilds qualification is an authentication that shows that you have the required skills for doing your job perfectly well. This is practically why every employer looks out for people who have this qualification when employing. It is essential for you to know that this qualification is extremely well recognised and respected within every industry.
You can also be assured that the qualifications are very rewarding and at the same time very engaging. The qualification can lead you to an entire new range of fulfilling careers within many of the United Kingdom’s ‘happier’ professions. City and Guilds annually measure the happiness index of those who’ve gone on to take their qualification to the work place and the latest report shows a 95% satisfaction and stimulation rate.
Before registering for your qualification, you have to be sure of the options available to you and the option that would be most perfect for you. The first level entails every basic skill that you need to develop your competence at work. You would be able to apply all skills learnt to every routine situation. The second level is for those who need to extend their basic skills and be able to take responsibility for critical decisions. This would also enable you to apply them to your daily tasks. The third level is meant for people who want to react to the demands of some of the more complex activities. It helps you to demonstrate your personal responsibility and reasoning ability in making serious decisions on how to organise tasks. The fourth level helps you to take full responsibility in identifying how these key skills transmit to your specific situation and also in managing activities.
Be the next person to join the two million people every year that take a City and Guilds qualification.