Training opportunities for 16- to 19-year-olds

Skills for Employment students learning catering skillsOur Skills for Employment team provide training opportunities for 16- to 19-year-olds (plus students up to the age of 24 with a learning difficulty) across Nottinghamshire.

Our training programmes offer individual training and support, resulting in nationally recognised qualifications that will help students progress onto further training opportunities and employment.

We provide quality facilities with professionally qualified staff that care about young people and their future.

Watch Jake's video and read his story to find out about the difference that Skills for Employment training has made to one Nottinghamshire student. 

Skills for Employment courses

Our Skills for Employment courses include:

  • Level 1 Certificate in Skills for Employment and Further Learning
  • Construction
  • Joinery
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Health and Social Care
  • Level 1 Certificate in Hospitality
  • NVQ Level 2 in Catering
  • NVQ Level 1 and 2 in Horticulture
  • Functional Skills
  • GCSE Maths and English
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene Certificate
  • Construction Skills Certificate Scheme Card.

Personalised study programme

A typical week of training on the study programme will include:

  • vocational training
  • functional skills
  • work experience
  • information technology
  • personal development
  • employability skills
  • citizenship
  • examining self image
  • building confidence
  • communication skills
  • identifying realistic opportunities
  • interview techniques
  • job search
  • support in finding employment or further training.

Gaining your qualification

To gain your qualification you will need to show that you can perform tasks in the workplace or at the training centre. You'll also build a portfolio including written work and evidence relating to practical tasks.

You can work at your own pace collecting units towards your qualification. When you have completed all the units you will receive your qualification certificate. Your tutor will support you throughout your learning and help you with any learning difficulties or disabilities you may have.


In addition to the study programme, we also offer traineeships for up to six months which include:

  • a work placement offering developmental work experience
  • work training skills, for example CV writing, interview preparation and interpersonal skills
  • qualification in maths and English
  • a range of support and flexible training to help develop skills and progress quickly on to an apprenticeship or secure employment.


Nottinghamshire Community Learning and Skills Service (CLASS) is now offering a growing range of apprenticeships.

When taking part in an apprenticeship, the apprentice will work to a framework of certification, gaining a work-based learning qualification alongside a functional skills qualification and a separate technical certificate.

Our apprenticeships are accredited by City and Guilds, the most well respected awarding body by both industry and commerce in the UK.

We offer:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships at Level 2 - equivalent to 5 GCSEs.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships at Level 3 - equivalent to 2 A Levels.

Each apprenticeship is made up of:

  • a minimum of 30 hours per week in  the work place.
  • an ‘off-the-job’ element (delivered either from CLASS premises or at the employer’s site) building a portfolio of evidence made up of assessors’ observations and underpinning theory, demonstrating the apprentice’s ability to work independently to the required standard.

Please contact us for more information.

Post-16 Bursary

We pay a bursary to all students. These payments are weighted towards those who face the most challenging financial barriers to taking part in education. All travel cost is refunded and Child Benefit is not affected. 

Where you can find us

We have Skills for Employment centres in:

  • Eastwood
  • Mansfield
  • Ollerton
  • Retford
  • Stapleford
  • Sutton in Ashfield.

Find out more

Download our Skills for Employment leaflet [PDF].

Apply now

Complete a short enquiry form

To find out more about what courses we have that may suit you, contact us on 01623 476830 or email with your name, telephone number, which type of courses you are interested in and which area you live in. 

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