The Skills priority area is coordinated by the Essential Skills Resource Centre at the University of Warwick.
The focus of this priority area is skills development in the post-compulsory sector. Central to this is the national Skills for Life strategy which aims to improve the literacy, language and numeracy skills of adults up to Level 2. In order for this strategy to be successful, good quality teaching, learning, support and management needs to be in place and the work of this priority area within WMCETT is to build capacity to enable this to happen. One of the key focuses of the Skills area is to train Skills for Life subject-specialist teachers on entry to the profession and in-service, through new professional qualifications and continuing professional development modules. In addition, non-Skills for Life specialists are required to embed literacy, language and numeracy within their programmes and the Skills priority area aims to provide professional development to enable them to do that. This includes training the teacher trainers who deliver new professional qualifications to these teachers. Finally, frontline workers play an important role in identifying and assessing potential adult literacy, language and numeracy learners as well as signposting them to appropriate provision. The Skills area of WMCETT will work with these key workers to enable them to provide effective service and referral.