Learner Support

All learners with Skills Group have a dedicated mentor who will support them throughout their time with us by providing impartial advice and guidance. They will liaise between the employer and Skills Group trainers to ensure that each learner is on track with their learning plans, and achieves the best of their ability.

Additional Learning Support

If your child has any additional social or learning support needs, such as dyslexia or anxiety, please do make sure you make us aware, they will be assigned a mentor from our learner support team who will ensure any additional support requirements are readily available to you.

Induction Programme

When each learner starts with Skills Group we provide a comprehensive induction programme to:

  • The training team and other learners on the programme
  • A tour of the training centre and facilities available to your child
  • An overview of the programme
  • Health and safety, first aid and our emergency procedures

Each learner will also receive an induction programme from their employer, introducing them to their site and health and safety procedures.

Functional Skills

If your child does not have GCSE grade C (4/5) or above in Maths and/or English, Skills Group will support them to achieve equivalent Functional Skills qualifications alongside their programme, whether they are on an apprenticeship or full-time course. Functional Skills are the practical application of Maths and English relevant to your chosen trade.

We also offer Functional Skills in ICT, as this is a key skill required by the vast majority of employers.

Learner Life & Well-Being



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