Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements?
There are no formal entry requirements, you must be 15 to apply and 16 when you start.

When can I start a full-time course or apprenticeship?
Once you have gone through our interview process and a pathway has been selected, you can start asap.

Do I get paid?
If you are on an apprenticeship, you will receive a salary, if you are on a full-time course, you will not be paid.

Where will my training be?
All full-time courses will be based at our state of the art training centres in Plympton and Plymouth City Centre, work experience days will be located at your employers’ place of work. If you are on an apprenticeship, you will spend most of the week with your allocated employer, your training day will be spent at one of our centres, depending upon which sector you are studying.

What if I haven’t got GCSEs grade 4/5 in Maths & English?
You can still start an apprenticeship or course with us, Skills Group will support you to achieve the equivalent Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and English, alongside your programme.

What time of year can I start?
You can enrol with Skills Group throughout the year, we run a roll on roll off learning cycle, which means you can start your apprenticeship or course at a time that suits you.

Do I get holidays?
Apprentices will get holiday pay included within their salary, so you can take annual leave. If you are on a course with Skills Group, we do not follow an academic cycle, which is why you will notice our length of study is reduced and you can start at any point of the year. We therefore do not close for school holidays.

About Us

Skills Group has over 20 years’ experience in delivering apprenticeships, working with top local employers to offer sustainable employment opportunities. We are one of the country's largest independent training providers, one of very few to be recognised as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, and in the top 5% nationally for our apprentice success rates.


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