COVID-19: Information from Skills Group

Following the information today from the Department for Education minister Gillian Keegan, Skills Group will be closed for off-the-job training for apprentices and some study programme learners commencing on Monday 23rd March in line with government guidance.

Learners do not need to attend training at Skills Group unless they are a:
Learner with an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP)
Student with an assigned social worker
Child of a key worker (such as NHS, police and delivery drivers)

Please see the full list of key workers HERE

We understand that this is a confusing time for many, and we want to reassure you that our learners’ and staff’s health and safety remains our main priority. As a result, we will be utilising technology and online portfolios to ensure our learners continue to make progress and feel supported during this time.

We will endeavour to keep you updated with latest advice and guidance which affects Skills Group, as recommended by the government. In the meantime, please use the following links for further information:

If you have any concerns regarding your apprenticeship, programme of learning or employment of an apprentice, please contact or the main Skills Group reception on 01752 332 442.

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Annette Davey, on or call 07872409897.

Update 23rd April 2020
COVID-19: What we’re doing to support you

We’re working hard to continue to provide the best possible service to all of our applicants, learners and employers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and help you to achieve your goals and aspirations. You can view some of the measures that we’re taking to support you HERE

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