"Senior leaders have carefully designed training programmes to meet the needs of trainees, apprentices and employers very well" - Ofsted, 2017
Established in 1992, Skills Training UK has grown to become one of the leading skills, employability and Apprenticeships providers in the country. We are one of very few independent training providers who deliver as both a Prime Contractor and as a first-tier subcontractor to other Primes, including large private providers and Colleges.
In 2017 we were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in all sections of its Independent Learning Provider report. Please click here to download the full Ofsted 2017 report.
Our reputation is built on delivering strong and consistent performance across multiple contracts and through the lasting relationships we develop with partners and funders.
The quality of what we do is evidenced by the independent assessments and accreditations we achieve, including from Ofsted, the Department for Work and Pensions (Provider Assurance Test), and the Merlin Assessment Report. They show the value we place on high performance and how we are driven by a genuine desire to improve the quality of life for each individual in the communities where we and our partners deliver.
For employers we have demonstrated that by putting them in control we can design and deliver Apprenticeships which meet their needs. As a result, more employers are embracing our approach and, through successful annual reviews, we have been awarded significant year-on-year increases to our contracts by the Skills Funding Agency.
We have also had direct contracts with the SFA and the Education Funding Agency to deliver Traineeships since June 2014. Our branded products, ‘Traineeships for Industry’ and ‘Traineeships for the Service Sector’, provide relevant vocational content and high-quality work experience placements. We have established excellent employer relationships within the course delivery which increase the opportunities for 16-24 year-olds to progress into sustained employment. Successful growth cases are enabling rapid growth of these products.
In 2014 we were selected by the Skills Funding Agency as a provider of the European Social Fund-financed Maths and English for the Employed programme, delivering Maths and /or English qualifications throughout South East England to adults aged 19 or over who are in employment but who are assessed as being below Level 2 in these skills. Our delivery has been through 13 partners with extensive expertise in this field and as a result of strong over-performance (2,500 functional skills qualifications over a short contract period) our original contract value was doubled.
In 2012 as a Prime Provider to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) we were awarded two Youth Contracts (which we branded Positive Directions) across the South East. Delivery has been predominantly through our supply chain of over forty organisations including local authorities, colleges and a wide range of private and third sector organisations. Over 5,500 young people aged 16 and 17 who were NEET (not in education, employment or training) have been re-engaged and supported back into full-time education or employment with accredited training.
Our track record since 2012 has also included delivery for several leading Primes, Colleges and specialists who have subcontracted SFA business to Skills Training UK. This has included Skills Support for the Unemployed and Skills Support for Redundancy, Work Place Learning, Classroom Based Learning and ESOL delivery.
In 2011 we were awarded a Prime Contract by the DWP to deliver the European Social Fund 2011-13 Support for Troubled Families, which we branded Progress! We worked with local authorities, other agencies and our extensive supply chain network to support individuals aged 16 upwards from families with multiple problems and a history of worklessness.
In 2010 we won a place on the Government's Employment Related Support Services (ERSS) Framework for the South East Region (one of only 15 organisations) and London Region (one of only 16 organisations). The ERSS framework is the DWP's preferred supplier system and only those organisations on it are invited to tender for major Welfare to Work contracts.
The New Deal/Flexible New Deal contracts, for which we achieved consistent high performance (DWP Data) in moving long-term unemployed people into sustainable employment, continued until 2011 when the coalition Government's new Welfare to Work programmes began.
Since 2006 we have been a Prime Contractor for the DWP. Our contracts have included the New Deal in London (West London and Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth) and the Flexible New Deal in Surrey, Sussex and Kent - a major five-year contract to support over 100,000 unemployed people.