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Why Skillsfirst?

Learner First

Like our customers, the learner is at the heart of everything we do.  Together we do all we can to help them succeed.

Our People

Our friendly and approachable team have an in-depth understanding of the world of work-based learning. They are the people which make the difference to our customers on a daily basis.


The needs of the UK economy are ever-evolving. We work with employers and sector experts to develop products and services that help learners find, sustain and progress in employment.  

Your Expectations

You require excellent service, products and systems that meet your needs. We offer all of the above and more.

Don't just take our word for it...

I have been dealing with Skillsfirst for a number of years, I find their service impeccable. Nothing is too much, or even too little. They are a professional awarding body and their service exceeds their competitors by miles. When dealing with Skillsfirst, you are treated as an important customer no matter the query. I would recommend them to anyone as a first class awarding organisation, who delivers service on time and right every time. 


Tracey Ash
Skills Coach
Impellam Group Plc

I began the centre recognition process with Faye at Skillsfirst after an introduction on LinkedIn. From the start the process was user-friendly, efficient and (important at times like these) in no way a drain on resources. Both Faye and Nichola were always available via phone or email and they ensured everything was processed as quickly as possible. The customer service received was excellent from day one and continues to be so. Both were professional, knowledgeable and totally approachable. The process was open and transparent, with no hidden costs, charges or “loopholes”. The costs for recognition and registrations is highly competitive and the service much greater than that offered by many other AO’s. We are really keen to get moving with the Skillsfirst Qualifications and believe they are definitely the right organisation to help us through Lockdown!

Jay Hunting
Head of Quality and Curriculum
Gecko Programmes

We've benefited greatly from the training and support that Skillsfirst have given us.  They respond very quickly, understand the sectors we work in and offer a tailored service which will be very beneficial for us moving forward.



Christine Daly
Head of School
South & City College Birmingham

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please visit our dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page for our latest updates, accessed from our home page.

Functional Skills Workshops

*** Suspended ***   To support the delivery of the Reformed Functional Skills English & maths qualifications, we are hosting a series of workshops to be held at our office in Birmingham. Workshops are suitable for assessors / trainers / tutors who are responsible for the teaching, delivery and assessment and managers who are responsible for the development of staff delivering the new Reformed Functional Skills qualifications. For more information please visit our Workshops page

LGBT Train The Trainer Workshops

***** Remote Workshops Available ***** To support the delivery of our new Skillsfirst Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace (RQF) qualification, we are offering Train the Trainer Workshops on: These Train the Trainer workshops will allow delegates to: Gain the knowledge and understanding of how to work positively with people who identify as LGBT. Be able to disseminate this knowledge to other assessors and IQAs who will assess and quality assure the Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace (RQF) qualification. Explore the assessment methods that can be used to evidence the learning outcomes in the qualification and network with others who will also be delivering this qualification.   The cost for attending these workshops is £100+ VAT and will include lunch, refreshments and record of attendance. To book your place, please download a booking form from our Train the Trainer Workshop page.  

Level 5 Lead Adult Care Worker Standard - Update

Skills for Care have advised us that the assessment plan for the new Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard has still not been published by IfATE. This is due to a delay in the funding band being approved and signed off by the Minister.   Skills for Care have also confirmed that the current SASE framework  the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (for England) (level 5) will therefore be extended for a further six months until the funding band has been agreed.   In line with this, we have also extended the end date for our current HSC5 Skillsfirst Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (RQF) qualification until 31 July 2020 to allow centres to continue registering learners on this framework.

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