Learner Life & Well-Being

It's not all work and no play! We want you to enjoy your time with us at Skills Group and so we have a range of fantastic benefits for all our learners.

Breakfast Club
Enjoy a free breakfast at our Plymouth training centre in a dedicated learner canteen every morning

Access to our Hair Salon
Fancy a new look? You’ll receive discounted hair services whenever you visit our flagship salon in Plymouth.

Learner Competitions
We run a variety of learner competitions throughout the year where you could get your hands on great prizes including vouchers and event tickets.

Refer a Friend
We believe in rewarding loyalty, so if you refer a friend to Skills Group, you could earn yourself a £50 Amazon voucher.

NUS Cards
As a learner on a Full-Time Course, you are entitled to a NUS Totem card giving you access to over 200 student discounts nationwide. Likewise, if you’re an apprentice, you can get your hands on a NUS Apprentice discount card.

Learner Well-Being
Your well-being means a lot to us. All our learners receive a dedicated mentor who will support you every step of the way throughout your time with us by providing impartial advice and guidance.

Please take some time to read through the following pages where you will find information on:-

We host the “Open Space Hub”, a friendly, safe and welcoming environment where you can get together with your peers and mentors to discuss any issues that might be bothering you – or simply to have a chat. Here are some external links that you can visit for further support and advice too.

One You Plymouth
Livewell South West
The Zone
Talk to Frank
Improving Lives Plymouth


Hairdressing & Barbering




Teaching and Education

The Care Industries


Frequently Asked Questions

Learner Life & Well-Being

Learner Support


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