Skills for Work Employability

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Age UK’s Employability programmes enable participants to progress into work and career development, with professional awards and nationally recognised qualifications.

Our programmes are for people of all ages, school leavers, people dealing with redundancy, career changers, and people in later life, as well as employers and intermediary and government agencies. Many of our programmes have government funding available for eligible participants.

Foundation learning (FL)

Our government-funded foundation learning provision (FL) is for eligible young people, school leavers aged 16 to 18, job seekers and eligibile workers, to increase your participation and achievement, and enable you to progress through work and life.

FL is made up of credit-based units and qualifications from entry level to level 1 and level 2.

The optional units offered include vocational knowledge, skills and understanding in your choice of sector, functional skills, and personal and social development:

  • functional english, mathematics, and information and communication technology (ICT) at entry level, level 1 or level 2
  • City and Guilds employability and social skills qualification
  • National Open College Network (NOCN) award for progression or Certificate for progression
  • Level 1 information technology qualification (ITQ).

We deliver our FL on a rolling basis at most of our training centres in England.

Employability skills

Our 12-week government-funded employability skills programme is for those eligible  in any sector, to:

  • gain an opens link in new window Asdan (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) employability qualification
  • improve literacy and numeracy
  • complete a work placement taster in preparation for securing employment
  • join an apprenticeship programme.

We deliver our 12-week employability skills programme on a rolling basis, in the workplace and at our training centres.

Contact our training centres
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From our participants

‘When I started at Age UK Training I had nothing; no money, no job, no support, but you and all the staff at the centre changed that, so with much appreciation I say thank you.’

Useful documents

  • Download our course documents

    Download our subcontractor supply chain policy

    Download SFA subcontractor funding - Paid and Retained document

    Download information on our sensory loss workshop

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    Can my screen reader read PDF downloads?

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    You can use Adobe Reader to read a PDF out loud with the following shortcut keys:

    • Read the document: Shift +Ctrl+Y
    • Read the open page only: Shift +Ctrl+V
    • Read to the end of the document: Shift+Ctrl+B
    • Pause: Shift+Ctrl+C
    • Stop Shift+Ctrl+E

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