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Why Skillsfirst?

Learner First

Like our customers, the learner is at the heart of everything we do.  Together we do all we can to help them succeed.

Our People

Our friendly and approachable team have an in-depth understanding of the world of work-based learning. They are the people which make the difference to our customers on a daily basis.


The needs of the UK economy are ever-evolving. We work with employers and sector experts to develop products and services that help learners find, sustain and progress in employment.  

Your Expectations

You require excellent service, products and systems that meet your needs. We offer all of the above and more.

Don't just take our word for it...

The support and guidance from the Skillsfirst team has been invaluable with equipping delivery staff with the knowledge and confidence to prepare for End-point Assessment. The attendance of team meetings, standardisation and training sessions by Skillsfirst staff has helped to develop excellent working relationships and ensure that the delivery of the new apprenticeship standards is in line with the End-point Assessment requirements.



Rhys Robinson
Learning Unlimited

We have worked with Skillsfirst as an End-point Assessment Provider and the customer service received had been great, following this we then decided to become a training centre with Skillsfirst. Skillsfirst have always been really helpful and supportive in aligning our needs with qualifications they offer for both commercial and funded qualifications. We have recently also needed to gain guidance for a new apprenticeship standard in Early Years which Skillsfirst went above and beyond to ensure we gained all the information we needed for an employer, we will continue to use their service for both qualifications and end-point assessment.

Dan Grigg
Train With Premier

Skillsfirst is the best awarding body I have ever worked with for creating user friendly systems. The exam proctor booking system is yet another system that is logical and easy to navigate. Thank you Skillsfirst for making life that little bit easier!! 

Suze Mckenchie

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New Exam Platform for Legacy Functional

Skillsfirst are no longer using the SecureAssess or SecureClient platforms for the scheduling, or taking of Functional Skills exams.   All Functional Skills exams (legacy and reformed) should be scheduled and taken within the XAMS platform.   For those centres already using XAMS for Reformed Functional Skills exams, your current logins allow you to schedule legacy Functional Skills and ICT automatically.   Those centres who have not yet used XAMS will need to submit user requests for centre staff. Please complete and return the attached form to If you deliver Functional Skills through one of our awarding organisation (AO) partners, please send the form to them as they will create your user account.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please visit our dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page for our latest updates, accessed from our home page.

LGBT Train The Trainer Workshops

***** Remote Workshops***** To support the delivery of our new Skillsfirst Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace (RQF) qualification, we are offering Train the Trainer Workshops on: These Train the Trainer workshops will allow delegates to: Gain the knowledge and understanding of how to work positively with people who identify as LGBT. Be able to disseminate this knowledge to other assessors and IQAs who will assess and quality assure the Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace (RQF) qualification. Explore the assessment methods that can be used to evidence the learning outcomes in the qualification and network with others who will also be delivering this qualification.   The cost for attending these workshops is £60+ VAT and will include a record of attendance. To book your place, please download a booking form from our Workshops page.  

Level 5 Lead Adult Care Worker Standard - Update

Skills for Care have advised us that the assessment plan for the new Level 5 Leader in Adult Care Apprenticeship Standard has still not been published by IfATE. This is due to a delay in the funding band being approved and signed off by the Minister.   Skills for Care have also confirmed that the current SASE framework  the Higher Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (for England) (level 5) will therefore be extended for a further six months until the funding band has been agreed.   In line with this, we have also extended the end date for our current HSC5 Skillsfirst Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services (England) (RQF) qualification until 31 July 2020 to allow centres to continue registering learners on this framework.

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