About Us

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Group of 3 teenagers taking part in a study group at skills2achieve's Southampton Centre
Fun learning environments with small group sizes

16-19? Stuck at home and bored?

It seemed like a good idea at first. But now your mates are at college, in apprenticeships or working, does it feel like you’re getting left behind? 

Skills2Achieve can help you get back on track. We have learning centres across Hampshire in Andover, Basingstoke, Portsmouth and Southampton, ready to help you take the next step.

Do you need English and maths qualifications?

We can help you gain functional skills qualifications up to level 2 including English and Maths qualifications.

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A tutor helping a student with her English skills in S2A's Southampton classroom

Do you need some help with looking for a job or finding an apprenticeship? 

Our tutors are here to help. Skills2Achieve tutors will help you to write your CV, create covering letters, practice interview skills and job search effectively. So, if you’re looking for a new job and are unsure where to turn, need advice about what employers might be looking for or guidance on looking for a new job; Skills2Achieve could be the programme for you!

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Do you want to experience the world of work and find work experience?

Skills2Achieve will help you to look for and apply for work placements that will not only give you something concrete to add to your CV, but also the confidence to apply for jobs in your chosen area.

Talk to us about gaining work experience

What is Skills2Achieve?

Skills2Achieve is a unique programme of support for disadvantaged young job seekers. We’re here to help support young people aged 16-19 currently not in education, employment or training. Through our unique programmes of learning, we’ll aim to help you find work, begin apprenticeships or start full-time education.

We have local centres in Basingstoke, Farnborough, Newbury, Portsmouth and Southampton to help support young people. Our learning centres help young people to re-engage in education and gain qualifications when many other organisations wouldn’t give them a chance. Ultimately, our goal is to give youngsters the knowledge, skills and values to improve their quality of life and place them in a better position to find work.

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Success awaits

We have up to 60 learners on our courses at any one time, with over 75% of students successfully gaining their desired qualifications and 80% finding work placements – much higher than the national average for similar programmes.

A recent OFSTED inspection raised the Skills2Achieve rating to grade 2, with elements of our courses praised for “outstanding practice”.

Small group sizes

We have small group sizes, so that you get the attention you need. We support you to get qualifications, when you’re ready for them. We also provide a listening ear if you need to share some of life’s troubles, if you need someone to talk with.

A different way of learning

Learning with Skills2Achieve is not like learning in school or college. With our smaller group sizes, we can be more flexible in the way we deliver subjects. Sometimes you’ll be part of the whole group, occasionally working independently, and at other times learning in a small group or as a pair. All of the centres have IT facilities, just as you would expect, that you will use for research, job hunting, for producing course work or for taking exams.

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Montage of learners progressing through the programme from group environments to gaining qualifications

Join whenever you’re ready

Skills2Achieve doesn’t follow school term times. Whilst that means that you don’t get a long summer break or half term holidays, it does mean that you can join our programme whenever you are ready to; you don’t have to wait for a new term or academic year to start and if you need a break, you simply book time off with your tutor.

Why not give us the chance to say ‘Yes’ to you?