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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...

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

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

BT has received fantastic service from all the team at Skillsfirst, without doubt the best customer service I have seen from an awarding organisation in the last 5 years. Accommodating, forward thinking, mindful of the individual needs and above all clear support and guidance from all the team.

Jacqui Celino
BT Openreach

Skillsfirst News & Twitter

New EPA standards

We are delighted to announce that Skillsfirst Assess has recently been approved by ESFA to provide End-point Assessment (EPA) for the following standards: L3 Customer Service Specialist L3 Procurement and Supply Assistant L4 Commercial Procurement and Supply L5 Early Years Lead Practitioner As with all of the standards for which we are approved, we will be providing free toolkits and expert surgery sessions for providers, helping ensure apprentices have the opportunity to achieve their best possible EPA outcome. For further information please email?

Conferderation of Education Consultants (CEC) Webinars

We are excited to announce that we are launching a series of informative webinars, delivered in collaboration with the Confederation of Education Consultants (CEC).   These will be free to attend and will feature topics that we hope will be of value to our customers. The first webinar will focus on the RoATP refresh and will be delivered by Tony Allen MCIPD MCMI from AAS Ltd. During his time in the FE Sector, Tony has managed college mergers (and demergers), government contracts held with large private training providers, as well as being responsible for employer based training pilots and ESF funding.   He now supports providers, colleges and employers in all aspects of their apprenticeship and skills programmes. This includes bid writing, RoATP applications and compliance and quality reviews.   For booking details, please see the invitation below.

Remote Proctoring - RFS

Reformed Functional Skills English and Mathematics Levels 1 and 2 qualifications Functional Skills Remote Invigilation (proctoring) now available.  Our remote invigilation (proctoring) solution is available and is helping thousands of apprentices complete their apprenticeships. Our offer includes: Maths and English exams invigilated by independent Skillsfirst invigilators Flexible booking times Invigilation fees at just £25 per exam Simple online booking system For more information please email:

New Exam Platform for Legacy Functional Skills

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, pllease contact If you deliver Functional Skills through one of our awarding organisation (AO) partners, please speak to them as they will create your user account.

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