Skills Support for Learners | People Plus

Skills Support for LearnersUpskill and get ready for A job, a Better job, and a Career

Partnering directly with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), we run our classroom based and distance learning division, courses funded by the Adult Education Budget. We are also the largest provider of Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU), which is funded by the European Social Funding (ESF)

Our Training

We work with the UK’s leading organisations, providing bespoke training to upskill and prepare people for A job, a Better job, and a Career – its as simple as ABC!

We offer bespoke or accredited courses, tailoring the process to the needs of employers and providing learners with the skills and techniques to help them get a job, career change or simply enhance their knowledge. Since 2018 we have supported over 500,000 people.

Partnering directly with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), we run our classroom based and distance learning division, courses funded by the Adult Education Budget. We are also the largest provider of Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU), which is funded by the European Social Funding (ESF)

Real Courses for Real Jobs

Our courses are delivered in response to local area employment needs, meaning we deliver training to prepare people for the jobs that are available in their local area.

We work with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Combined Authorities across England to enable people to progress in learning and access the job opportunities that are available. We start with the labour market demands and the jobs that are available, then we work backwards! We speak to our large network of employers to find out what qualifications and skills are needed for someone to successfully do the job. We then develop our training offer to ensure people develop the right skills and behaviours needed to succeed in employment. We work closely JobCentre Plus, youth organisations, charities and other organisations who support unemployed people within the local community to match people who are unemployed find training and employment!

In 2020 over 60% of learners who did a training course with us moved immediately into employment.

Our Delivery

We create and deliver innovative, bespoke employability and skills programmes and have the flexibility to scale up quickly and deliver all across England. We have 14 fixed learning centres in England and have the ability to provide learning from ‘pop-up’ learning centres that we can set up in local communities, from a village hall or local hotel for example, meaning we can offering training in locations that are easy to get to and aligned with the demands of the local area.

Due to Covid-19 we have been able to flip our delivery model so everything is done online, however once restrictions are lifted, we will resume face to face delivery, whilst still offering the option of distance learning and remote education.

As well as giving people the skills needed to gain employment, our courses can also be done by people who are wishing to progress in their current employment, who would like to learn a new skill in their own time, or who people who would benefit from some short, sharp CPD training.

A personal experience – our trained team of friendly tutors will first make sure that the courses are right for you based on what your ultimate goal is, then together you will decide on a suitable plan, timescales and capability to learn – then your learning will start!

Our Training Solutions

Quick Details: We've delivered courses to 19,000 learners last year. Our achievement rates were 94% versus a national average of 85%. We are the largest provider of Skills Support for the unemployed with 47% of the market. We are also the largest provider of Adult Education Budget funded training. We are a Grade 2 (Good) Ofsted rated provider.

Learning Pathways into Employment

We run courses for unemployed adults, to enhance your skills and chances of getting back into work. These courses can be studied via distance learning or in a classroom environment. Our courses are tailored to employer and local area requirements to boost your chances of employment on completion. Once you’ve finished the course, our support doesn’t stop! We have solid links with employers to signpost you into work after completion as well as alternative progression routes.

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Distance Learning Courses

We run short 4-6-week online courses for anyone who wants to upskill and gain a fully accredited Level 2 certification. Our suite of over 30 free distance learning courses offers the ideal way for you to learn something new – either for personal interest, to help find a job or progress your career. You can develop your knowledge in several areas from business administration to health and nutrition to social care.

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Boost your Workplace Skills

We run short online courses through our LearningPlus platform for anyone who wants to keep up in a fast-paced job market. Whether you are looking to take a step up in your career or train in a while new field, we have over 350 courses that can help you achieve this including; construction, health and safety and personal licence holder courses to personal development, management development and Microsoft information technology courses.

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Workplace Skills Support for Businesses

We work with employers to provide fully-funded training solutions for your workforce, delivering skills to unemployed people in your local area based on your needs as an employer – in turn providing you with a hand-picked pool of talented candidates to fill your vacancies. We also offer training opportunities to your existing workforce, helping you to develop and retain a stronger more productive workforce.

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Work Experience for 16-24 year olds

Unlock your potential with a Traineeship (age 19-24)

We run Traineeship programmes that can help you progress to a full-time job, apprenticeship of further education. A Traineeship gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the sector you are interested in, while also improving your employability skills, English, and maths.

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Kickstart your career (age 16-24)

We are an approved KickStart Scheme provider which means we work with employers to be able to provide you with work experience in paid employment with a local employer. You will gain experience of working with some of Britain’s most exciting companies, as well lots of training and development opportunities.

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