Skills and Development Programme (UKSPF)

Skills and Development Programme (UKSPF)

Lacking direction? Struggling to find a job? Feeling demotivated?

Your success story starts here.

Create lasting, practical changes in your life with our new Skills and Development Programme. Exclusive to Hackney Residents

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About the course

Course length Between six weeks and six months, depending on your needs and goals
Lesson times Flexible session times
Course location A combination of our Hackney training centre and online sessions

What your programme looks like:

Your pathway is completely unique and is based on your own personal objectives and employment needs. However, this is how your journey will start:

Take a pre-course online assessment to determine how best to tailor the programme to your specific needs.
Review your pre-course assessment with our Employability Skills Advisor at our Hackney Skills and Development Hub. You will also take our signature Employability Skills course. This in-person course takes place in our Hackney Skills and Development Hub and shows you essential skills, such as how to write an effective CV, search for jobs, succeed at interviews, and more. You will learn exactly what employers are looking for – and give it to them.
From week three onwards you will benefit from ongoing personal development sessions and one-to-one online career mentoring. This includes one half-day session, plus a weekly one-hour one-to-one mentoring session. However, this is all dependent on your unique needs and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

This free course has been designed to help residents of Hackney develop the professional and personal skills they need to find success. To be eligible, you have to meet the following criteria:
  • Programme tailor-made for YOU
  • Flexible sessions (online and in-person)
  • Find the career that’s right for you
  • Learn how to cultivate a positive mindset, boost your wellbeing, and better manage your finances
  • Benefit from ongoing guidance and support
  • Gain a nationally recognised Employability Skills qualification
  • Completely FREE! (for Hackney residents)
If you need help clarifying your eligibility, please email or call our team on 0208 952 4856.
This programme is free to you because it is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) in partnership with Hackney Council. The UKSPF is part of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda, which provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025. You can read more about the UKSPF here.
The Skills and Development Programme is not a quick-fix course – this is a comprehensive programme designed to help you permanently improve your life, find the career that’s right for you, and reach your potential. Because of this, you will be on this flexible programme for between six weeks and six months, or until you return to work (which our learners often do before six months). Every participant will have a different pathway through the programme based on their own personal objectives and employment needs. You will complete a five-day full time Employability Skills course, a single half-day online session, and mentoring touch points that last no longer than one hour, typically on a weekly basis (depending on your unique needs).
Your flexible Skills and Development Programme will take place through online learning via Zoom, and through in-person classes at our new Skills and Development Hub in Hackney (inside BSix College, Kenninghall Rd, London E5 8BP). Some classes involve group lessons, while others are one-to-one sessions.
Strive Training is an inclusive, student-focused training provider known for changing lives through our free courses. Since 2010, we have helped more than 85,000 people across the UK upskill and return to work.   We pride ourselves on providing consistently high-quality learning experiences, which is reflected in an excellent Ofsted report, an exemplary Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 86, and around 3,000 verified learner reviews on (average rating of 4.7/5.0).

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