Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the entry requirements?
There are no formal entry requirements for most of our apprenticeships, however you must be at least 15 to apply and 16 when you start.

Maths and English Requirements

At Skills Group, we are committed to helping you enhance your skills in Maths and English. Throughout your time with us, you will have the opportunity to improve these skills. This includes integrating Maths and English into your trade sessions, assisting you with the practical application within your chosen trade. Additionally, we offer dedicated sessions specifically designed to help you develop these essential skills. Developing your knowledge in Maths and English is a mandatory requirement of your course.

We provide qualifications in Maths and English at different levels, via GCSE and Functional Skills. These are nationally recognised qualifications, adequately preparing you within your chosen trade.

By prioritising the development of your Maths and English skills, we aim to provide you with the best possible chances for success in your chosen apprenticeship and professional development.

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 as soon as possible.

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 most of our apprenticeships or full-time courses with us and 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.


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The Life of a Skills Group Apprentice

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

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