SEND Support

At Skills Group we believe that people with disabilities are able to realise their potential as equal and active citizens in control of their lives. This is at the heart of everything we do and is underpinned by our visions, mission and values.

Through working together, we support individual needs and development. We have a friendly, dedicated team comprising experienced personal tutors, learning support assistants and work placed assessors and we have a dedicated SEND Manager.

Learners have access to a specialist Learner Support Team who will support them every step of the way throughout their time with us by providing impartial advice and guidance. The team has been specially trained to identify any additional requirements learners may need and help them to succeed. If required, we can offer 1-2-1 support to help learners with their programme.

Support we can provide includes:

  • Assistive technology support
  • Collaboration with community agencies on the learner’s behalf
  • Diagnostic and formalised assessment
  • Exam access arrangements
  • Individual learning programmes
  • SEND and Education, Health and Care Plan guidance and support
  • Transition support from school to Skills Group

Learners have access to a wide range of facilities and services to support their programme. We work alongside many South West and national organisations to maximise support for our learners. These include the YES Centre, Livewell South West, The Zone, Harbour and Improving Lives Plymouth.

Learner Life & Well-Being

Learner Support


Success Rates



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