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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

Areas of study include: 

  • Plumbing 
  • Bench Joinery 
  • Site Joinery 
  • Brickwork 
  • Plastering 
  • Wall & Floor Tiling 
  • Light Vehicle Repair 
  • Heavy Vehicle Repair 
  • Agricultural Machinery Repair 
  • Engineering 
  • Retail 
  • Customer Service 
  • Health & Social Care 
  • Refrigeration 
  • Painting & Decorating 
  • Business Administration 
  • Auto Electrics 
  • Barbering 

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. 

Disability Support 

Disability Support Contractors (DSCs) offer additional support to people with a disability. South West College 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.