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Flexible programmes for adult learners

Introducing Adult Skills with City & Guilds

adult skills infographicWith over 800 qualifications (Awards, Certificates and Diplomas) - from Entry Level to Level 3 being funded by the Adult Education Budget (AEB), our Adult Skills courses provide a great stepping-stone for gaining future relevant skills. We’ve worked with employers and local authorities to ensure our programmes are flexible and fit for purpose, giving your learners the skills they need to succeed in their career and life.

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Adult Skills Delivery Plans

To support your adult delivery we have a developed a range of example delivery plans.

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Explore our Adult Skills Portfolio

Are you an AEB provider or UK employer?

Providers: Our funded qualifications can help individual learners to gain new skills to support their career development or fulfil skills gaps.

Employers: Our flexible programmes can support employees to gain new skills, improve their current level of knowledge in an occupation, or get them ready for an apprenticeship.

We offer a wide range of qualifications that are funded by the AEB. These can be found in the City & Guilds AEB Qualification Catalogue.

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Are you a college or training provider delivering City & Guilds qualifications?

Ready for – online courses to support adults

‘Ready for Construction and Ready for Social Care’ are City & Guilds online courses to support adults aged 19+ with training or reskilling by creating a bridge into or back into employment.

Developed in collaboration with employers, our ‘Ready for’ courses will give individuals a real sense and flavour of what it’s like working in these sectors, the jobs and progression opportunities available and the attitudes, behaviours and skills employers are looking for when recruiting.

Available for public funding within traineeships, and as part of Adult Education Budget (AEB) Local Flexibility non-regulated provision.

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Are you a college or training provider?

Traineeships are an education and training programme created to help learners who are interested in securing an apprenticeship or employment.

Funding is available through the Adult Education Budget (AEB) for 19-24 learners.

Explore our Traineeships offer

Are you a UK employer?

You could maximise the use of your AEB funds to support apprenticeships.

How apprenticeship standards and frameworks are paid for is dependent on whether the employer pays the apprenticeship levy, or not. Large UK employers with a pay bill of £3million or more pay an apprenticeship levy.

Learn more about apprenticeship funding

Digital learning to support your Adult Skills delivery

Enhance your learner’s training experience with our range of interactive learning solutions.

From our e-learning packages and SmartScreen learning materials, to our digital platforms, we’ve developed flexible and relevant digital solutions which support blended learning across a range of funded programmes. These are also relevant for self-guided learning.

For more information on our digital products please visit our digital learning page.


Why adult skills and digital skills matter

As we emerge from the pandemic, we are already starting to see a higher take-up of our digital infrastructure industries as well as leadership qualifications. This leads to the need for further development in both basic and specialised digital skills and shows that adult skills are needed now more than ever.

Adult Skills webinar series recordings

Adult Skills - Ready for Construction (date: 16 March 2022) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Ready for Social Care (date: 16 March 2022) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Funding and Policy Update (date: 13 October 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Digital Solutions (date: 17 August 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Leadership and Management (date: 27 July 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Health & Care and Childcare (date: 21 July 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Infrastructure (BSE, Construction, Engineering) (date: 08 July 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Employability and maths and English (date: 07 July 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Business and Digital (date: 06 July 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording

Adult Skills - Funding and Policy Update (date: 30 June 2021) – download the slides | watch the recording