Sign Language Qualifications Approved as Functional Skills Alternative

06 January 2017


From April 2017, British Sign Language qualifications will be accepted as an alternative to Functional Skills English within apprenticeships.

The Department for Education, who announced the change at the start of the year, hope that the policy will encourage deaf people to begin and complete apprenticeships.

Skills Minister, Robert Halfon, said that the simple change will allow learners whose first language is BSL to achieve their full potential, and that he “…looks forward to implementing more changes like this to make sure apprenticeships can work for as many people as possible, whatever their background”.

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