bksb write, develop and supply interactive solutions to improve literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. These are all designed around the Australian Core Skills Framework, but are also suitable for any other skills improvement programme.
bksb was established within a UK college and continues to operate from within education. This means that our focus is always on ensuring that the solutions we produce are, first and foremost, educationally excellent. We do not have shareholders or a private owner, so being profit-driven is not our first priority. Outstanding achievement is.
Our products are used by thousands of education providers and millions of learners around the world, and we have been the leading provider of Functional Skills solutions in the UK for almost 20 years.
Since 2008, the Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE (now TAFE Queensland Brisbane) has been using the bksb solution to help improve success rates and provide valuable data for audits.
It is currently used by over 200,000 learners in Australia each year, including 40% of TAFEs, to help achieve higher grades and enhance their skills. So, if you decide to become a bksb user, you will be in extremely good company.
1994 Screening and assessment tools are developed
West Nottinghamshire College develops screening and assessment tools which provide the catalyst for a significant improvement in maths and English skills achievement across the college.
1997 keySKILLBUILDER is in demand across education
The solution, originally called 'keySKILLBUILDER', is in demand from other education providers and achieves its first external sales.
2000 The products are renamed as 'basic and key skillbuilder'
The products are re-named as 'basic and key skillbuilder', which will eventually become known simply as 'bksb'.
2001 Interactive, computer-based versions of bksb are launched
Interactive, computer-based verisions of bksb are launched, bringing with them self-marking assessments and learning resources.
2004 Interactive ICT assessments are made available
Interactive ICT assessments are made available for the first time, providing an entire suite of learning software for skills development.
2006 bksb makes its first forays into overseas markets
bksb makes its first forays into overseas markets, responding to demand in Australia by developing bespoke, contextualised versions.
2007 A pilot for functional skills is launched
A pilot for functional skills is launched, which will put more emphasis on the use of English, maths and ICT skills in everyday life as well as education and employment.
2008 bksb is used by over 80% of FE Colleges
bksb is used by over 80% of FE Colleges across England and Wales for the first time, confirming its position as the leading functional skills solution in the UK.
2011 City & Guilds endorse the bksb solution
City & Guilds, one of the most respected and prestigious awarding bodies in the world, endorse the bksb solution as their recommended functional skills development process.
2012 bksbLIVE is launched
bksbLIVE is launched, a learner-centric, online platform which will revolutionise the way education providers deliver functional skills.