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Currently there is a major expansion of post-18 education and training to level up and prepare workers for post-COVID economy.

The Government has set out plans to transform the training and skills system, making it fit for the 21st century economy, and helping the country build back better from coronavirus.

 The Governments new £2.5bn National Skills Fund, will create opportunities for Further Education and Independent Training Providers to expand their provision and to access ESFA and AEB funding to deliver new programmes to adress National & Local priorities.

Below is a summary of each programme and how Pike Education and Training Services can provide your organisation with support.

Lifetime Skills Guarantee



To give adults the chance to take free college courses valued by employers 

Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course – providing them with skills valued by employers, and the opportunity to study at a time and location that suits them. This offer will be available from April in England, and will be paid for through the National Skills Fund.

From April 2021, adults aged 24 and over in England will be able to study for a first Level 3 qualification free of charge, on condition that the course is chosen from a list of subject areas that the government says will provide ‘…skills valued by employers’.

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Our services


Pike Education and Training services can help your organisation create, design and provide a strategy to help grow you organisations provision for the Lifetime Skills Guarantee programme.


We will design bespoke study programmes, courses and training in any sector. We will create pathways to ensure that your learners can progress to the next level of study or work.


We will work with you to identify suitable Awarding Bodies and we can create unique bespoke programmes that meet Local needs, National Priorities and EFSA / AEB funding guidlines and formula..


We provide guidance on all aspects of your new programme and can help you with developing  induction, staffing, resources, CPD and delivery methods (on-line or face to face) for all your new programmes.


Recent successful initiatives developed include:

COVID Secure Study Programmes

Courses in any sector that incorperate up to date training in disease control & prevention, employability, English & Maths, Equality & Diversity and any vocational sector training element eg Retail, Construction, Security, Health Care, etc

Brexit Ready Study Programmes

A suite of specially designed courses covering a range of sectors that will be impacted by the UK withdrawal from the EU in Dec 2020.. Each course will incorperate Brexit ready component,  employability, English & Maths, Equality & Diversity and any vocational s element eg Accounting, Logistics, Retail,etc.

New Pathways

If your organisation currently offers provision at level 2 or Level 3 (In any sector). We can help you design and develop new programmes that will prepare students for those courses and the next level of study (eg Level 1 -> Level 2, etc) which will grow your progression pathways and improve student retention.

Bespoke Design

We can meet your individual needs as an organisation and design any programmes that meet your needs in any any sector!

Click here to see examples of my curriculum design efforts

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The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. A Kickstart Scheme application must be for a minimum of 30 job placements. If a single employer cannot provide this many job placements, they can find a Kickstart gateway, such as a local authority, charity or trade body for help applying.


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Our services


Pike Education and Training services can help your organisation sign up to the kick start programme and help identify organisations and employers for work placements.

We can help you set up as a Kickstart Gateway organisation, which act as support hub for employers to access funding through the Kickstart Scheme by submitting batches of applications on behalf of employers who cannot provide at least 30 placements.


We will guide you through the process and provide support on all steps in the process.


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National Retraining Scheme


The National Retraining Scheme aims to boost productivity and presents a great opportunity to support reform that will create a simpler system that individuals, providers, local areas, and employers can more easily understand.


To support these wider ambitiohe National Retraining Partnership, engaging a wide number of stakeholders, to deliver the most effective range of adult skills reforms possible.

This service is designed to help if:

  • you're employed

  • you don't have a degree

  • you're aged 24 or over

  • you're earning below £35,000 a year

Bootcamps will support local regions and employers to fill in-demand vacancies by providing valuable skills based on employer demand and will offer a guaranteed job interview on completion.


In doing so, they help to address key areas of uncertainty and risk in the retraining process identified in the National Retraining Scheme user research. For example, employers’ concerns around taking on new staff from a new sector and individuals’ concerns around undertaking training when there are not clear links to jobs.

The bootcamp courses will be delivered flexibly over approximately 12-16 weeks, initially focusing on digital skills and then expanding to other technical skills. They will initially be available in certain areas and there are plans to expand the bootcamps to more of the country from Spring 2021 and this  model will  include other technical skills training.

The new boot camps will be extended to sectors like construction and engineering, helping the country build back better and support our refreshed Industrial Strategy.

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Our services


Pike Education and Training services can help your organisation keep up to date with the changes to the National Retraining Scheme.


When opportunities arise for organisations to bid and tender for te Boot camps that wil be rolled out nationally. We can provide guidance and support in the application and design process.




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As part of the cross-government efforts to respond to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) implemented measures to make it easier for apprenticeships to continue and complete in a different way, or to break and resume an apprenticeship later when that became possible.

The funding rules have been updated to reflect that from 1 August 2020 all new apprentices must start on apprenticeship standards.

The new flexible arrangements can be used for buisness and providers to recruit an apprentices.

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 will receive a payment of:

  • £2,000 for each new apprentice aged 16 to 24

  • £1,500 for each new apprentice aged 25 and over

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Our services


Pike Education and Training services can help your organisation navigate and keep up to date with the changes to the new funding rules and the set up of new apprenticeship programmes.


We can help you source employers, End Point Assessors and navigate through the set up process, whether you are an employer or a training provider.



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The delivery and funding of traineeships in 2020 to 2021 will be in the context of the additional investment made available to support recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19), and the priorities and aims associated with that


A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.

Traineeships help 16 to 24 year olds - or 25 year olds with an education, health and care (EHCP) plan - get ready for an apprenticeship or job if they don’t have the appropriate skills or experience.

A traineeship is an excellent way to prepare young people for an apprenticeship or for entry into employment. At a time when young people face even more challenge and competition in the labour market from older and more experienced workers, a traineeship can be the step up that they need to launch their career and enter the labour market.

Working together with employers to offer high quality traineeships is an opportunity to support young people into work and help tackle youth unemployment.

A procurement opportunity is being launched for providers to access additional funding to delivery 19-24 traineeships via the EFSA and AEB.


There is a  procurement opportunity so providers can access funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships.

Opportunities to bid for additional 19 to 24 AEB traineeship funding will be handled through the Department for Education’s

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Our services


Pike Education and Training services can help your organisation navigate apply and register with the Department for Education to deliver Traineeships,


We can help you and keep up to date with the changes to the new funding rules and the setting up of new traineeship programmes.


We will support you through the process and ensure compliance and that all elements are delivered to a high standard through your organisation. Including providing support to find work placements and developing the systems and structures need to recruit trainnes, Train staff through bespoke CPD to  support during the tendering process.

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16 to 19 tuition fund was set up as additional funding for one-year for schools, colleges and other 16 to 19 providers to mitigate the disruption to learning arising from coronavirus (COVID-19).

The funding is being provided to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. For example, vocational courses where assessment has been deferred because of lockdown. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported all need to be those who had not achieved grade 5 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme.

Providers have flexibility to decide the most appropriate approach to resourcing the delivery of small group tuition supported through the fund. This may include a mix of both teaching and learning support staff as appropriate. Providers must ensure that anyone delivering small group tuition has the appropriate knowledge, skills, and experience, and has received appropriate training where necessary. Resourcing could be through paying for more hours from existing staff, hiring new staff, or buying in a service from a third party provider.

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Our services


Pike Education and Training services can provide support to your organisation in accessing the 16-19 tuition fund.


We can help you becoming a tiution centre, who provides these the support to local Schools or Colleges.


Alternatively, we can help you source external tutors and quality check them to ensure compliance, value for money and that your learners are recieving high quality individual support to allow them to catch up, progress and to mitigate against the impact of the COVID-19 on learning.



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