Starter skills: 16 to 18

Training for Success

Training for Success is all about giving you the tools and the confidence to find work. It focuses on the extra learning you may need.

Taking part in the Training for Success programme

Training for Success is designed for young people aged 16 - 17, with extended age eligibility for young people with a disability up to age 22 and up to age 24 for those from an in-care background.

To find out if you qualify for the Training to Success programme, talk to your local Careers Service  or the Youth Training Delivery and Performance Branch to confirm eligibility. All new entrants will need a training credit from the Careers Service.

If you had previously taken part in a Training for Success programme but left and now wish to return, you may still be able to finish the rest of your training entitlement.

Talk to your local Careers Service  or the Youth Training Delivery and Performance Branch to find out more.

What you will learn with Training for Success

The programme guarantees training up to 104 weeks (156 weeks for those with a disability) to help you gain the recognised skills and qualifications to help you progress in your chosen career.

Training for Success is delivered across four strands:

  • Skills for your life
  • Skills for Work Level 1
  • Skills for Work Level 2
  • Skills for Work Level 3

Skills for your life will help you address personal and development needs and gain skills and qualifications you need to get a job or progress to higher level education or training.

Skills for Work Level 1 and 2 will help you gain skills and vocationally related, professional and technical qualifications. They enable you to gain employment or progress to the next level of training provision, to further education or an apprenticeship.

Skills for Work Level 3 will help you work towards the achievement of level 3 qualifications. This is aimed at those who have gained a level 2 qualification through Training for Success, have not yet secured paid employment or an apprenticeship and who still possess training entitlement.

Examples of training

You will be required to achieve targeted qualification in each of the four areas outlined below:

  • personal and social development
  • employability skills
  • professional and technical skills
  • essential skills in communication, application of number and ICT

You will discuss and agree a Personal Training Plan (PTP) with your training contractor detailing the targeted outcomes, progression routes and associated milestones.

In addition you will receive job experience and job sampling based on your needs and the opportunity to experience different workplaces and decide what sort of work suits you best.

Non means tested Education Maintenance Allowance

If you enter training through the Training for Success programme, you will automatically qualify for a non-means tested Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 per week. If your parent(s)/guardian(s) receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)/Income Support, means tested Job Seeker's Allowance or Housing Benefit, that benefit will not be affected by the EMA.

If you are entitled to one of these benefits in your own right, then that benefit will not be affected either. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) will also be entitled to receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit provided all other conditions for receipt of the benefits are met.

In addition you will receive participant bonuses at various stages of your training from your training contractor.

Travel, lodging and childcare allowances may be paid depending on individual circumstances.

Training contractors

Contact details for training contractors are available at the link below:

If you have any queries, please contact Training for Success.

Disability Support

Disability Support Contractors (DSCs) offer additional support to people with a disability. Training Contractors will organise this, together with the DSC, to make sure suitable arrangements are in place that will allow participants who require additional help and support, to benefit fully from their training.

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