About Us

With almost 25 years’ experience, Skills Group specialises in delivering apprenticeships, full-time courses and bespoke career development programmes across the South West.

We partner with top local companies to kick-start careers and maximise business performance.

Skills Group is one of the largest independent training providers in the country and one of very few providers to be recognised as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Over the last few years, Skills Group has invested over £4 million in training facilities to create realistic working environments and our state-of-the-art workshops are fitted with the tools and equipment used by industry.

Our specialist and dedicated staff are committed to supporting both the employer and the learner throughout their time with us, and as a result we are one of the largest independent training providers in the country with a current success rate of 81% compared to a national average of 67.3% placing us in the top two nationally*

*DFE, NART 2017/18 data, compared to other independent providers with a cohort of 1000+ learners

Success Rates

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I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School