What are "Everyday Skills"?
"Everyday Skills" describes a wide range of skills required in the workplace and at home. Some examples include completing rotas and timesheets, reading customer orders, helping kids with their homework, writing letters, and understanding written and verbal job instructions.
Who benefits from Everyday Skills?
We can all benefit from improving our everyday skills. If we don't use our skills regularly we risk losing them. Many people have left school with various skills and qualifications but have not used them since; their skills have, therefore, become 'rusty' over a period of time and brushing up on their everyday skills would help them to become more confident in what they do at work and at home. In addition, there are many migrant workers in Scotland who need to understand important information, like health and safety notices, and would benefit greatly from learning and/or improving their language skills. Improved Everyday Skills may also motivate learners to take up other learning opportunities, which can lead to higher skilled and higher paid jobs.
There are also learners who left school without obtaining these skills. This could be due to a variety of reasons; perhaps they had health or family issues and did not attend school regularly; maybe they have dyslexia or other learning difficulties which were not recognised at school. Giving people opportunities to learn as adults enables them to take greater control over their lives.
How are Everyday Skills opportunities accessed?
There are many ways to access Everyday Skills opportunities across Scotland. Trade Unions can make use of a range of support, including Local Authority Community Learning & Development Partnerships and specialist organisations such as the Workers' Educational Association. In addition, some unions are developing their own workplace literacy tutor assistants.