9 Apr

Opportunities for adults to gain qualifications for free

Women at jobs fair

An estimated 11 million adults now have the opportunity to gain a new qualification for free, designed to help them to gain in-demand skills and secure great jobs.

Almost 400 qualifications are available to take from April 2021 as part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

The qualifications on offer range from engineering to social care to conservation and are available to any adult who has not already achieved a qualification at Level 3 (equivalent to A-levels).

The roll out is part of the governments Lifetime Skills Guarantee – announced by the Prime Minister in September 2020. This aims to transform the skills system so everyone can gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives.

It will also ensure employers have access to the skilled workforce they need, and more people are trained for the skills gaps that exist now and in future.

Adults who take up the free courses have the potential to boost career prospects, wages and help fill skills gaps, while supporting the economy and building back better.

For example, with a Diploma in Engineering Technology adults can progress to roles in Maintenance or Manufacturing Engineering. The variety of courses can be a gateway to sectors offering rewarding careers and where there are multiple job opportunities.

Find out more here on the National Skills Fund website, or contact Futures, who deliver the National Careers Service locally, on 0116 615907