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  • Version 1 BIIAB December 2016 www.biiab.org

    Qualification Handbook

    BIIAB Workplace Core Skills Levels 3, 4, 5 & 6 Version 1

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  • BIIAB Workplace Core Skills Handbook

    Version 1 BIIAB December 2016 www.biiab.org

    Version and date Change, alteration or addition Section Version 1 16-12-2016

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  • BIIAB Workplace Core Skills Handbook

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    Table of Contents 1. About BIIAB Workplace Core Skills ................................................................................ 2 2. Objective and Purpose of the Workplace Core Skills units ............................................. 3 3. About this Handbook .................................................................................................... 4 4. BIIAB Customer Service ................................................................................................. 4 7. Age Restriction ............................................................................................................. 5 8. Entry Requirements and Progression ............................................................................ 6 9. Assessment .................................................................................................................. 7 10. Initial Assessment and Induction ............................................................................... 12 11. Resources ................................................................................................................. 13 12. Design and Delivery .................................................................................................. 14 13. Format of Units ......................................................................................................... 15 14. Initial Registration .................................................................................................... 16 15. Qualification Review and Feedback ........................................................................... 17

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  • BIIAB Workplace Core Skills Handbook

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    1. About BIIAB Workplace Core Skills BIIAB is accredited to deliver Workplace Core Skills units by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The units have unique Accreditation Numbers which are shown below. The Accreditation Number code will be displayed on the final certificate.

    Unit Title Accreditation Number (QN)

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 3 Communication HH59 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 4 Communication HH5A 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 5 Communication HH5C 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 6 Communication HH5D 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 3 Numeracy HH5J 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 4 Numeracy HH5K 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 5 Numeracy HH5P 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 6 Numeracy HH5R 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 3 ICT HH5E 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 4 ICT HH5F 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 5 ICT HH5G 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 6 ICT HH5H 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 3 Problem Solving HH5T 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 4 Problem Solving HH5V 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 5 Problem Solving HH5W 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 6 Problem Solving HH5X 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 3 Working with Others HH5Y 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 4 Working with Others HH60 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 5 Working with Others HH61 04

    BIIAB Core Skills Level 6 Working with Others HH62 04

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  • BIIAB Workplace Core Skills Handbook

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    2. Objective and Purpose of the Workplace Core Skills units Workplace Core Skills are skills and abilities that have been identified as being essential for everyone in their work. They contain broad, transferable skills that help to develop the main capabilities people need to be full, active and responsible members of society. The Core Skills are:

    Communication Numeracy Information and Communication Technology Problem Solving Working with Others.

    Employers look for Core Skills when they are appointing new staff. They also expect their existing staff to have these skills. Workplace Core Skills are important because they help you work effectively in your present job and also prepare you for jobs which you will do in future. Developing your Core Skills help you deal with todays rapidly changing World and improve your career prospects. Core Skills are also a component of Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland. While recognised in other nations Workplace Core Skills are designed for, and to be delivered in, Scotland. Learners predominantly based in nations other than Scotland within the United Kingdom should not as a first choice, choose Core Skills (unless they plan to work or undertake an Apprenticeship in Scotland or wish to take a Core Skill for which a comparable unit is not available within their nation). The following comparable alternative qualifications should in most instances be chosen by learners in other nations:

    England Functional Skills Wales Essential Skills Wales Northern Ireland Essential Skills Northern Ireland.

    Due to constant regulatory, policy and funding changes users are advised to check the Workplace Core Skills requirements associated with the Modern Apprenticeship(s) that they are planning to offer and the relevant funding that is available for individual learners before making registrations. If you are unsure about the status of the different Workplace Core Skills and the Modern Apprenticeships and other qualifications that they may be used alongside, please contact BIIAB head office.

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    3. About this Handbook This support pack has been developed to provide guidance for learners, assessors and verifiers/quality assurers undertaking, delivering, or quality assuring the Core Skills units. The purpose of the support pack is to provide the majority of the key information that may be needed to prepare for, and help support, the successful delivery and assessments of the units, in one place. If this pack is updated, centres will be notified via the BIIAB monthly newsletter which goes to approved centres.

    4. BIIAB Customer Service BIIAB is committed to giving the highest possible levels of customer service. The BIIABs Service Level Agreement is available via www.biiab.org. Our Customer Service team can be contacted between the hours of 0900 and 1700 Monday to Friday by using the contact details below, or outside those hours, by leaving a message on our voicemail service. Customer Service Contact Details: 01276 684449 Email: customersupport@bii.org Our Customer Service team will be happy to assist with any administration related enquiries you may have. For example:

    registration and certification enquiries re-certification issues centres available in the local area appeals whistleblowing.

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    6. BIIAB Workplace Core Skills structure The Workplace Core Skills units are split across four levels and five different areas of skills. These are as follows:

    Communication SCQF levels 3, 4, 5 & 6

    Numeracy SCQF levels 3, 4, 5 & 6

    Information, Communication Technology SCQF levels 3, 4, 5 & 6

    Problem Solving SCQF levels 3, 4, 5 & 6

    Working with others SCQF levels 3, 4, 5 & 6 Each of the units has its own unit specification and Assessment Support Pack. These documents have been developed and published by SQA and have been adopted with their agreement by BIIAB. All of these documents are available to centres on the BIIAB Website in the Core Skills section. There is an overarching SQA Guide to Assessing Workplace Core Skills to help assessors and verifiers/quality assurers which is available to centres on the BIIAB Website in the Core Skills section. Each unit requires the learner to complete tasks which demonstrate that they have applied the relevant Core Skill in a work based situation. For example, in Core Skill level 3 in Communication, the learner is required to read a document and explain to an assessor the key points to demonstrate that they understand the content. Likewise, for Numeracy, the learner may be required to complete some simple calculation relating to a price or measurements related to a task.

    7. Age Restriction The Workplace Core Skills units outlined in this handbook are appropriate for use in the following age ranges:

    Pre-16 16-18 19+.

    However, in many instances learners in younger age groups may have insufficient opportunities to demonstrate the requirements for Workplace Core Skills using workplace evidence from their job role especially at the higher levels.

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    8. Entry Requirements and Progression There are no entry requirements for the Workplace Core Skills units. However, learners must be assessed to ensure they have a reasonable chance of achievement and will be able to generate the required evidence. When using Workplace Core Skills as part of a Modern Apprenticeship programme, trainers/tutors/assessors should check the minimum achievement requirements prior to registration. Before registering learners on Workplace Core Skill

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