FAQs for Employability

Employability training includes short courses designed to help people develop new skills to enter employment or change direction in their career. Learners could be new recruits, international students, or professionals who are developing skills for a promotion or career move. Course content is led by employers to ensure that the training is relevant and up to date with current workforce needs. Employability training usually includes: employability skills training, pre-apprenticeship courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Employability training is for: current employees seeking new skills; professionals who have been made redundant; people who want to develop technical, IT and computer skills to keep up with job trends; international students or people who need to improve their English language skills for employment; people looking at flexible working options; or people living with a disability.

Pre-apprentice training is for young people to benefit from a longer programme of training to make sure they are confident and well prepared for work or to apply for an apprenticeship. A pre-apprentice programme can last up to six months. The training helps bridge skills and academic qualifications to suit a particular industry sector. This can include maths and English and job interview techniques. Candidates undertake a work experience placement and a job interview with an employer as part of the programme.

These traineeship are for learners who are eligible to work in England who are unemployed with little or no work experience. Learners should be aged 16 to 24 (or up to 25 if you have learning difficulties) and qualified below level 3.

Pre-apprenticeship training lasts between 7 weeks and 6 months.

Pre-apprentice traineeships consist of:

  • pre-employment training, including any qualifications required in the workplace
  • a work placement (minimum 100 hours) and an exit interview
  • maths and English development (if a GCSE Grade C or equivalent hasn’t previously been achieved).

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is training that helps employees hone their workplace skills for a current role, improve proficiency to apply for a promotion or new career direction. CPD can also help people who are unemployed add skills to their CV. Learners can gain level 2 certificate qualifications. CPD courses are delivered through flexible, distance learning using high-quality, engaging content. Assessments are approved by awards bodies NCFE and CACHE and are available online and in hard copy. Learners can study in their own time and at their own pace, supported by qualified tutors.