Growing skills, confidence and careers.

As we continue to feel the effects of the ongoing pandemic and work together to regrow the economy, it is vital that we take focused action to support youth employment. Young people have already been disproportionately impacted by the events of this year. There is now a real risk that young people will suffer sustained unemployment – and the long term scars that we know can follow.

That’s why we’re launching the ‘go the distance’ campaign. We’re determined to play our part, helping young people to train, find, stay and progress in work in spite of the current economic and labour market context. For more information on delivering and deploying our ‘go the distance’ solutions, please leave your details on the form to the right and one of our team will get in touch to support.

Our 16-19 learner offer

We’re delighted to launch our 16-19 youth employment offer – a curated package of qualifications, schemes of work, sessions plans and learning resources which we believe will enable centres to quickly mobilise and deliver brilliant programmes for 16-19 learners.

We expect to see a rise in learners turning to college in January as they explore new interests and pathways and we can support you to build flexible programmes to refocus these learners and help them settle into their new environment after a period away from learning.

Check out our Programme Builder to select and build a bespoke programme which is right for your learners. You can include units from the Occupational Studies suite, Functional Skills at the level which suits your learners and NCFE Level 1 in Learning to Learn. There are full instructions included within the builder to enable you to flex your programme and mix and match from the options available.

Through go the distance, we are…

  • Working with insightful colleagues like the Learning & Work Institute, Recruitment and Employment Confederation, MH+A and others to study the economic and labour market context, and draw actionable insights to help providers design and deliver brilliant youth employment programmes.
  • Exploring the skills, knowledge and behaviours that young people need to find, stay and progress in work. We’re particularly interested in the ‘meta skills’ that underpin employability – and in how we might support young people to ‘switch’ sectors as the economy recovers. You can read more about how meta skills can support sustainable and adaptable careers in this thought piece from Richard Eyre, Chief Programmes Officer for education charity, The Brilliant Club. 
  • Preparing substantial qualification and curriculum bundles which reflect the insights we glean through the campaign. We will be producing bundles linked to each main FE provision type i.e. 16-19, traineeships, apprenticeships and adult (AEB). Each bundle will include a carefully selected combination of qualifications, detailed schemes of work and session plans, substantial learning resources and e-learning content and more.
  • Offering substantial, operational support to training providers to help them design, mobilise and manage employability provisions – drawing on our team’s extensive experience of major, local, regional and national programme delivery to Ofsted Outstanding levels.

Collaboration is key

We’re proud to work alongside and collaborate with like-minded organisations to deliver our go the distance campaign.


Get involved

If you’d like to get involved in the campaign or chat about how you might draw on the support we offer through it, complete our enquiry form or email the team on [email protected]

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Building a programme for 16-19 learners

Read more about our 16-19 offer including how to refocus and support learners starting in January and our fantastic new programme builder, designed to help you tailor programmes to meet the specific needs of your learners.

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