Lifetime skills guarantee

The Lifetime Skills Guarantee is designed to help our country build back better after the pandemic. Part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs, it will transform the adult education system, help people of all ages develop the skills they need to get good jobs and support businesses to find or develop talent to fill skills gaps.

The Government is investing £95 million on this important new long term commitment. Removing the barrier of funding training for millions of adults will give more people the chance to get ahead in work, no matter their age or background.

Who qualifies for a free course?

If you don’t yet have a Level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to qualifications such as A levels, or an advanced
technical certificate or diploma, taking a free course as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee could boost your job
prospects in a sector you’d like to work in or allow you to progress in your current sector. So if you’re 24 and over,
live in England and do not yet have A levels or equivalent, you can now take your first full Level 3 qualification for
free.

All the courses available through this offer have been identified to help ensure good job prospects, focussing on
areas where employers need skills and leading to job opportunities that can help you earn a good wage.

Choose your next qualification from the list below: 

FREE FOR ADULTS AGED 24+ WITHOUT A LEVEL 3 QUALIFICATION OR HIGHER

COUNSELLING
Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills On-campus
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE
Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism Distance Learning
Level 3 Certificate in Understanding the Principles of Dementia Care Distance Learning
Level 3 Certificate in End of Life Care Distance Learning
Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health Distance Learning

FREE FOR THOSE EMPLOYED IN SPECIFIC SECTORS WITHOUT A LEVEL 3 QUALIFICATION OR HIGHER

ACCOUNTING
AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting Work-based delivery
AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping Work-based delivery
AUTOMOTIVE
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance (VRQ) Work-based delivery
IMI Level 3 Diploma in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance (VRQ) Work-based delivery
CONSTRUCTION
City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Trowel Occupations Work-based delivery
City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Wood Occupations Work-based delivery
City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Decorative Finishing (Painting & Decorating) Work-based delivery
ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION
City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Installing Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment Work-based delivery
HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support Work-based delivery
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Work-based delivery
PLUMBING & GAS
City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Gas Utilisation Installation and Maintenance: Water Heating and Wet Central Heating Work-based delivery

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