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What are Key Skills...

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Once you leave school and set out into the big wide world, there are some skills you're going to be better off with than without. Once you've mastered them, they're even going to make your day-to-day life a lot easier.

Whatever you do and wherever you go, you're going to have to know how to communicate and work with numbers, because literacy and numeracy are a must these days. You're also going to need to know the basics when it comes to ICT. After all, everything today seems to involve some kind of technology, from e-mail to shopping.

So far, so good. Hang on though, if you're applying for a job or a college course, it's not going to be enough to say that you can do these things. You're going to have to provide some kind of proof. How do you know what counts and what doesn't and how can you prove how good you are?

Well, there is now a set of courses that can assess how well you do at the skills you need to get on in life. And, to make it easier, they've been bundled up into a nice little package called yes, you guessed it ... Key Skills. There are six of them all together. The first three are the main ones.

  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Problem Solving
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance
  • Working with Others

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