SkillForce is a national education charity dedicated to helping young people flourish through motivational mentoring and proven programmes tailored to students’ needs.
Drawing on our experienced team of instructors, most of whom served in the Forces, we partner with schools, academies and other education providers to improve self-esteem, raise attainment and equip young people for employment and for life.
Through a combination of on and off-site provision, our inspiring role models engage young people with the school curriculum or prepare students for key transitions into secondary education and then into the world of work.
Embedded in all our provision are the core values and life skills that enable young people to reach their potential whilst making a constructive contribution to society.
SkillForce is particularly proud of its nationwide Prince’s Awards, supported by our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT, with a reputation for developing confidence and resilience as well as leadership and teamwork skills within a culture of public-mindedness and community service.
Currently we don't provide any specific services for students with special educational needs and disabiltiies (SEND); we provide our programmes to all young people. We would adjust the programme content to suit the needs of the young people we are working with.
We provide for pupils in Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 5.
Supporting people with
- Behavioural, emotional, social difficulties
- Hearing impairment
- Medical needs
- Moderate learning difficulties
- Physical disabilities
Telephone: 07962 621675
Is your service accessible?
SkillForce operates out of the establishment we are engaging with so the accessibility arrangements would vary.
What are the eligibility criteria for your service?
Eligibility is then based upon the requirements of the school/centre in discussion with SkillForce.
What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services?
SkillForce programmes begin and end at multiple points throughout the year, and therefore availability depends on instructor capacity. If there is capacity then a programme can begin once the contact is in place – which could be within the same week.
Who provides / funds your service?
NHS, Local Authority, Voluntary/Charitable, Central Government, Self Funded, Independent.
Details of charges, whether any help is available with costs
Cost is paid for by the school/centre contracting SkillForce.
Inspection outcomes/quality awards
We are not currently inspected by OFSTED– but have our own in-house Training & Quality Manager, along with the Region Director and Area Manager conducting quality checks.
How will I know my child/ young person will be safe using this service?
All SkillForce personnel involved with the recruitment of staff have completed a 'Safer Recruitment' course. A robust competency based panel interview is conducted by SkillForce staff, often inviting a member of school staff to also sit in on the process. A supervised Maths and English test is completed by candidates, as is a lesson observation. Two referees are also sort for the candidates and enhanced DBS checks are carried out on all SkillForce staff. SkillForce also has a strong safeguarding message on our recruitment website. There is a standard 'new starters' process that all line managers have to follow when recruiting staff, this includes understanding the Child protection policy, code of conduct for working with young people, code of conduct, code of ethical practice when working with young people, electronic communications and IT, SkillForce safeguarding policy and the Keeping children safe in education SkillForce employee declaration. Any of the above can be provided on request. All new employees also have to attend the SkillForce induction programme, which re-enforces their understanding of the core policies SkillForce operates by, and are then subject to 6 months probation under close supervision of fellow employees and their line manager.
SkillForce instructors undertake annual Child Protection, Safeguarding and Prevent refresher training. All instructors are also aware of the SkillForce Whistle Blowing policy. Area Managers in addition to the above are Safe Guarding Lead trained, as well as Safer Recruitment trained. In addition SkillForce staff working at education establishments also undergo induction days at the venues to ensure they comply with their appropriate policies. SkillForce has an online reporting system to report and record any concerns in parallel to the schools reporting process so that SkillForce ensures that all appropriate action is taken to both support the child and the staff involved. Any local specific training is also engaged with when available.