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When you’re looking to get on the career ladder, or progress in your career, you could be forgiven for thinking that you need loads of qualifications or experience to reach your career goals.

While it might seem that employers are only looking for either top grades or years of experience in a particular role, there’s lots that you can do to boost your employability even if you don’t have many qualifications or much experience.

We explore how you can get a job with limited skills and education.


With so many employers looking for experience, once of the best ways to start or progress a career is through an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is a way of studying for a recognised qualification while earning a wage and gaining experience.

There is no apprenticeship age limit so whether you are 16 or 60, you can apply to earn while you learn in a career of your choice. You’ll be supported every step of the way by one of our learning coaches, so you don’t have to worry about learning alone. 

If you already have a job, apprenticeships are a great way to upskill and gain the extra skills and formal qualification you need to progress in your industry.

Not forgetting all the benefits that come with being an apprentice, including no debt, being able to work full time while gaining a qualification and enjoying employee benefits such as paid holidays. It really is the smart way to reach your goals.


If you’re aged 16 to 24 and feel you need extra support before applying for an apprenticeship, traineeships could be the way forward for you. These programmes last between six weeks and 12months and are a great stepping-stone towards an apprenticeship or a job.

On a traineeship, you’ll get up to 70 hours of high-quality work experience and training, which will help to build up your essential skills. Traineeships are a great first step, in fact, 75 per cent of our learners move on to work or further study within a year of completing their programme.*

Functional Skills

Functional skills courses are ideal if you need to boost your maths or English. Our Level 1 or Level 2 courses provide skills that are used everyday life as well as in work-related settings, skills that employers are looking for.

Short Courses

Another way to bring your learning up to date is with short courses.

However you decide to boost your employability, you can rest assured that our skilled team of tutors and learning coaches are on hand to help answer all your questions and guide you through your qualification. 

We offer apprenticeships, traineeships and courses in a wide range of career areas and levels. Browse the sectors we currently offer or call our team of advisors on 03333 222 666 who will be happy to answer all your questions. 

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