FAQ 2017-06-29T07:46:29+00:00
Schools into Industry 2017-06-20T07:43:53+00:00

I’m a school or teacher:

No. As a charitable programme run by Proskills and supported by industry, schools are not required to pay anything to take part in the competitions.
Not really. Proskills allows all types of schools to take part from all over the UK, whether you’re an academy, state school, home school or college, we welcome everyone. See the Terms & Conditions.
Yes. But the programme workbooks in only supplied in English and are designed to meet the requirements of the British national curriculum. Proskills very much welcomes international entries and are happy for you to take part. Proskills will be unable to shortlist your students alongside the British curriculum candidates due to the programme’s UK remit.
The 2015/16 programme will commence from September 23rd, if you do not receive your learning materials after this date please contact a member of staff.
  • The programme usually takes 6-8 weeks to complete.
  • Schools can sign up throughout the academic year until July 2016.
  • Entries will be received at the end of the academic year with judging by industry taking place in the summer months.
  • The awards ceremony will be held in November 2016.
  • You will receive full details upon signing up for the programme.
  • Yes! Proskills actively supports and arranges school visits to industry throughout the year. These are usually free to take part in and offer a wide variety of learning experiences to support both the schools programme and careers advice.
  • School visits are restricted to the UK.
  • You will receive an email announcing the date of the next school visit. Depending on the nature of the visit offered, Proskills will either issue a “first come first serve” opportunity or raffle the visit to enable the winning school to receive the free school visit experience.
  • Unfortunately Proskills is unable to offer every school that takes part a free school visit, but it endeavours to make the system as fair as possible.

I’m an employer:


I’m a training provider, organisation or trade association:

As part of Proskills’ quality assurance scheme, it can accredit your training with the Proskills UK Group. Upon passing our robust quality audit you will be able to market your training product with the Group’s stamp of approval, giving your clients piece of mind of superior quality and industry focus.
Proskills offers a unique course mapping system whereby your current training will be mapped to National Occupational Standards. Proskills will make sure your training materials and skills delivery meet the robust standards set out in the relevant National Occupational Standards, creating an industry relevant training product.
Yes. Through Proskills’ quality assurance and certification scheme. Proskills works closely with training organisations to develop new skills training products and services based on its decade of detailed sector experience. Contact us to find out how Proskills can support your business development.
Proskills has a comprehensive Labour Market Intelligence service which includes market analysis and data collection. It has supported the growth and diversification of many training companies and colleges. It all starts with an in-depth strategic conversation with a Proskills expert to understand your business ambitions. Working together with Proskills, your ambitions are realised. Contact us
  • Your organisation has to pass our quality assurance process before it will be able to certificate through Proskills. By undergoing a simple and yet robust quality audit process, your organisation will be able to issue certificates to your clients with the recognised Proskills’ stamp of approval.
  • Proskills will take care of the certificate design process. It is able to offer enhanced support regarding the issuing of certificates and skills competence cards.
Through Proskills expert and unique course mapping service, it will provide support to ensure that your training meets the necessary legal or regulatory requirements, dramatically improving your training materials and delivery.
  • Proskills has been developing National Occupational Standards (NOS) for over 10 years. NOS are the agreed industry developed standards for worker competence.
  • Proskills has worked with countless employers to ensure these standards are meeting their needs.
  • By taking your training and ensuring it’s meeting these vital standards, your training will not only boost your productivity but ensure you have a suitably trained workforce.
  • Yes. Proskills doesn’t just certificate training organisation programmes but it does so for employers as well.
  • By passing our simple and yet robust quality audit process your organisation will be able to issue co-branded certificates and if required, skills competence cards for on-site recognition for your employees.
Apprenticeships & Careers 2017-06-20T04:02:47+00:00

I’m an employer:

  • Apprentices are usually aged 16 to 23 years old and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSEs or equivalent up to degree level.
  • Apprentices can be new or current employees.
Apprentices are real employees who contribute to your company’s productivity and output. 96% of employers reported a benefit to their business with 77% agreeing they make their workplace more productive.
You must pay the apprentice at least the minimum wage (currently £3.30 p/h) during their placement with you. Most employers offer more than the minimum wage and often offer travel and lunch expenses.

To ensure they are trained to the highest level for your business you need to make sure they:

  • work with experienced staff
  • learn job-specific high level or technical skills
  • study for the work-based qualification during their working week, e.g. at a college, training organisation or in the workplace.
Hiring an apprentice is actually much simpler than some might think. Here is a step by step guide:

  1. Check the apprenticeships website for an appropriate apprenticeship framework in your industry that’s at the right level for the apprenticeship role you have in mind or call Proskills on 01235 833 844 to see if there is a suitable framework for the apprenticeship role you have in mind.
  2. Register your interest in employing an apprentice with the National Apprenticeship Service.
  3. Find a training organisation that offers apprenticeships for your industry – they’ll handle your apprentice’s training, qualification and assessment.
  4. Check you’re eligible for an Age Grant and apply.
  5. Advertise your apprenticeship vacancy – you can advertise your apprenticeship through the apprenticeship website yourself or your training organisation will do this for you. You can check on the progress of vacancies /applications received by registering as an employer. You can also advertise your apprenticeship vacancy in your local press
  6. Select your apprentice and set up an apprenticeship agreement with them.

Or for the really simple route, just contact Proskills UK Group for specialist apprenticeship guidance and advice.

Proskills works with training organisations all around the UK who deliver apprenticeship frameworks and can advise you on which ones would suit your location and needs best. Call us on 01235 833 844 to speak to an expert advisor.
You may be eligible for a £1,500 pounds Age Grant from the government if:

  • You have less than 50 employees
  • Your apprentice is aged 16 to 24
  • You can claim support for up to 5 apprentices.

Fill in the enquiry form or contact the National Apprenticeship Service to check you’re eligible and apply.

You can apply for funding to cover the costs of your apprentice’s qualifications if you’re providing their formal study whilst being their employer.

  • Usually the training organisation provides the apprentice’s training and will receive this funding from Government. – This system to is due to change in the near future to digital vouchers, make sure to keep up to date at: https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice/overview
  • The amount you could get varies depending on whether the candidate is:
    • aged 16 to 18 – you can get all of their course costs up to advanced level apprenticeship qualifications, eg higher diplomas or A-levels
    • aged 19 to 23 – you can get half of their course costs
    • 24 years and older – there is usually no grant funding available. Instead the company can opt to pay the full cost or the employee can take out an Advanced Learner Loan
  • Searching for your apprentice is a similar process to searching for a new employee. Once you’ve posted your position on the National Apprenticeship Service Vacancy website you should also advertise your vacancy on job websites, local newspapers or through recruitment agencies.
  • Your training organisation may also have a vacancy board in their college or on their website.
Proskills does not offer an apprenticeship vacancy placement service, but we can provide you with expert and unbiased help and support on where to start and which training organisation to use for your selected framework. Call us on 01235 833 844 to speak to an advisor.

I’m a teacher or parent/guardian:

Yes. An apprenticeship is the primary form of vocational training/learning and so is accepted as staying in education until 18 years old as required by the law.
  • Yes without a doubt. Apprenticeships offer young people the same opportunities as college and university. They offer a high level of learning that can go up to the doctoral level.
  • Many of the UK’s leading business figures started their careers with an apprenticeship and progressed up through their ranks.
  • Because apprentices learn on the job, apprenticeships give young people real workplace and life skills, often putting them ahead in practical learning compared to those at college or university.
  • Apprenticeships a unique experience which provides apprentices with a balanced combination of technical learning, life and social skills.
  • Yes. Unlike college or university, your student or child will be paid by their employer. Some employers will even cover apprentice travel and tool expenses.
  • Having the ability to earn whilst learning in an apprenticeship means that your student or child will not have to take out loans to go to college or university and so they are much less likely to end up with any learning debts when they successfully complete their apprenticeship.

I’m a young person

  • An Apprenticeship is a real job with training. Taking an Apprenticeship means you can earn while you learn, and pick up nationally recognised qualifications as you go. They take between one and four years to complete.
  • Key Benefits:
    • Earn a salary and earn a qualification with no debt
    • Get paid holidays
    • Be part of a real work environment and get your career started
    • Receive high quality training to gain new technical skills
    • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications

Getting qualified while on the job can also help you to:

  • Work more effectively and safely
  • Move into new and better jobs
  • Increase your wages
  • Experience new and different challenges
  • Gain qualifications directly relevant to your occupation
  • Learn at your own pace and get support when you need it
  • Improve your job security
  • Achieve skills and knowledge that can be used across a range of jobs and industries
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in the United Kingdom
  • Not currently in full-time education
  • First you need to decide what to do your apprenticeship in. There are many career guidance tools out there, including Proskills’ careers page which gives information on the different career routes available in many industries.
  • Then you’ll need to search for current apprenticeship vacancies being offered via the National Apprenticeship Service Vacancy website, job websites, local newspapers or training organisations in your area.
  • Apprenticeships offer you a unique high quality learning experience whilst receiving pay.
  • They are suitable for young people who are eager to get into the world of work and get their career started.
  • You’ll still learn technical and practical job skills at the same or higher level of your classmates but with the added benefit of working, meeting new people and earning a wage.
  • Earning a wage whilst learning on an apprenticeship means you will not get saddled with learning debts.
Apprenticeships Frameworks 2017-06-20T02:13:54+00:00
  • Proskills supports apprenticeships for what are known as the manufacturing and process industries. These include: Building Products, Ceramics, Coatings, Glass, Furniture, Wood, Print, Paper and Extractives & Mineral Processing.
  • Proskills is the official Government approved ‘Apprenticeship Issuing Authority’ for these industries, certifying when a learner has completed all the parts of an apprenticeship.
General 2017-06-20T01:57:21+00:00
Proskills UK Group is made up three organisations, all working together to create better skill systems, bridging the gap and realising ambitions for all.

  • Proskills UK registered charity (no: 1155635), is the overarching charity, providing schools programmes, careers materials and development of occupational skills standards.
  • The National Skills Academy for Materials, Production & Supply is our commercial arm, providing business and development services for our partnership network.
  • Occupational Awards Ltd is the Group’s new Awarding Organisation offering regulated qualifications development, delivery and certification as well as a range of other quality assurance services.
Proskills was first set up in 2003 and formally launched in July 2005.
No, Proskills is a not-for-profit private company (limited by guarantee) and a registered charity (no: 1155635).
Through our strong industrial partnerships we work closely with employers and training providers to ensure industry has access to the highest quality, industry-relevant standards, qualifications, apprenticeships and other tailored skills and training solutions. Our work with colleges, providers and universities ensures that there is a comprehensive sustainable training network available to support industry success.
  • The staff at Proskills have previously worked in industry roles and have specifically been recruited into Proskills UK Group because of their exceptional sector expertise.
  • Proskills staff also excel in skills and training covering Government and its agencies, NGOs, Trade and Industry associations, Unions, universities, colleges and private training providers.
Visit Proskills’ About us page to find out more about its history, how the Group works and the team.
You can donate to the Proskills registered charity via our Just Giving webpage at: https://www.justgiving.com/proskills-uk/