Essential Skills Wales

Essential Skills Wales

Part of apprenticeship qualifications in Wales is the Essential Skills qualification.

Being able to communicate, use numbers, handle information and use technology is essential to almost every aspect of life and work.

Essential Application of Number Skills include:

  • understanding numerical information
  • carrying out calculations
  • interpreting results and presenting your findings.

Essential Communication Skills include:

  • speaking and listening
  • reading
  • writing.

Essential Digital Literacy Skills include:

  • digital responsibility
  • digital productivity
  • digital information literacy
  • digital collaboration
  • digital creativity
  • digital learning

Essential Employability Skills include:

  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • planning and organisation
  • creativity and innovation
  • personal effectiveness


Qualification levels range from Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2, to Level 3.

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