If your training organisation offers solutions relevant to the sport, fitness, playwork, and outdoors industries, apply for SkillsActive endorsement to become an approved provider and promote your training through SkillsActive’s website.
SkillsActive can also support the development of your own staff and offer resources to enhance the training you offer.
Discover how working with SkillsActive could benefit your business!
Our National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure works with the best training providers in our sector to deliver cost-effective, quality assured training solutions.
SkillsActive works with training providers to deliver a wide range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to help staff and volunteers maintain their professional knowledge and skills and prepare them for greater responsibility.
Make sure you access quality training for you, your staff or your volunteers by choosing from SkillsActive’s list of approved training providers.
SkillsActive's range of e-learning courses offer a convenient way to develop skills anywhere, at any time.
Knowing which course is right for your career can be tough, especially when there are so many different options available. SkillsActive can help you decide with information on our interactive site, SkillsActiveCareers.
With case studies, job role descriptions and qualification information, SkillsActiveCareers is a great resource for those wishing to find out more about the industry and the training you need to succeed.
Read the How do I get in? sections of the role descriptions in the job bank to discover the training and qualifications you need to land that dream job!
SkillsActive helps people working in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector find the best quality training. All training providers in the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure's network have gone through a rigorous process to ensure the courses they offer are quality assured, cost effective and relevant to employers’ needs.
Our online catalogue of providers can help you find the right training at the right price. Simply find a training provider offering courses you are interested in and submit an online enquiry now!
The Register of Exercise Professionals recognises the qualifications and expertise of professionals in the fitness industry. If you are looking for training that will allow you to register with REPs, the REPs training portal lists training providers who have been endorsed by SkillsActive as meeting the standards required by the industry.
Endorsement is fundamental to the playwork sector in encouraging and maintaining consistent standards of training. SkillsActive’s endorsement process ensures that our training providers have satisfied specific criteria in order to be approved by us. Those with Centre Verification Check status are approved for their delivery; those who have gained training endorsement are approved for their delivery as well as offering playwork training courses that have been endorsed by us and awarded CPD points for their learners.
SkillsActive issues Apprenticeship frameworks, which outline the minimum requirements needed to complete the Apprenticeship at each level and for each occupation. We also provide certification for apprentices in England and Wales.
If you are a training provider in England or Wales and you would like to deliver government funded Apprenticeships, you need to hold a contract with the Skills Funding Agency.
Training providers in Scotland need to hold a contract with Skills Development Scotland. Training providers in Northern Ireland need to hold a contract with the Department for Employment and Learning.
To gain a contract, you must meet certain requirements, such as minimum contracting value. If you do not meet the minimum contracting value, you can enter into a subcontracting arrangement with a larger training provider. If you are a training provider in England, one way to do this is by joining SkillsActive’s Group Training Association.
Only training providers in Scotland need to register with SkillsActive to deliver Apprenticeships.
There’s a wide variety of Apprenticeships available in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Select a country below to learn more about the types of Apprenticeships available in your area.
SkillsActive has worked with employers and training providers to develop a set of Apprenticeship frameworks. These outline the minimum requirements apprentices need to complete the apprenticeship at each level and for each occupation. You can then work with your employer and apprentice to identify the most suitable framework for their needs.
Learn more about the Apprenticeship frameworks available in your country by viewing Frameworks and Guidance.
At the end of their Apprenticeship, all apprentices need a certificate to show they have fulfilled the Apprenticeship requirements.
In England, Wales and Scotland, certificates are issued by SkillsActive. In Northern Ireland, they are issued by the Department for Employment and Learning.
Apprentices can apply for their own certificate or authorise their training provider to apply for one on their behalf.
A new certification service run by the Alliance has been developed and is known as Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE). Apprentices, learning providers or employers who act on their behalf, will be able to request Apprenticeship certificates using the ACE online system. ACE provides a unique centralised certification system that will save Sector Skills Councils / Sector Skills Bodies (SSCs/SSBs), providers and certifying authorities valuable time, resource and investment and will allow them to track the progress of apprenticeship candidates. The system was officially launched on Wednesday 25 January 2012 by John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning.
You will need to register your organisation on the system via the online registration form; this can be done by going to www.acecerts.co.uk and completing the information and contact details. Once you have completed this process you will be emailed a username and password for ACE. This will be your "administrator" account which you can then use to create additional accounts for your centre. You will be able to create a maximum of 5 additional users.
The user guide that has been created for centres to help you use the system and also further e-learning materials can be found on www.acecerts.co.uk/tutorials.
The cost of certificates will be £22.
Apprentice Authorization Form England (mandatory to complete for all framework claims via the ACE system)
This certificate is for apprentices completing their programme in Wales.
These are issued by the Department for Employment and Learning.
Keep track of your apprentice’s training with an activepassport™
activepassportTM is an auditable online tool that will help you track and record an individual’s Guided Learning Hours - a statutory requirement of the new frameworks in England and Wales.
If you’re a training provider, activepassport™ can:
Our consultants can provide you with detailed information about delivering Apprenticeship training, or developing frameworks to suit businesses in your area.
Find out about Apprenticeship framework updates and other news relevant to Apprenticeships.
SkillsActive works on behalf of the active leisure, learning and well-being sector to develop a framework of qualifications, training and continuous professional that meet employer needs, ensuring the workforce is properly trained and qualified.
Through our National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure, we deliver those qualifications, ensuring the training is quality assured, cost effective and relevant to employers’ needs.
In today’s competitive market, SkillsActive endorsement means:
A range of different endorsement options are available for each sector.
If you offer fitness training, endorse your courses to offer CPD points to the 30,000 people on the Register of Exercise Professionals.
Discover more about the types of endorsement available and find the most relevant for your business!
Fitness endorsement options include:
From a simple Centre Verification Check to a licence endorsing all the training you offer, SkillsActive offers endorsement options for all types of playwork training.
To support you with developing your staff, SkillsActive can offer a number of training options to help you meet training requirements and keep skills up-to-date.
Train your staff anywhere, at any time - with easy access to online courses. Ideal for administrative staff that keep your organisation running smoothly as well as aspiring managers or team leaders, training is flexible, self-paced and delivered in bite-sized modules.
Online courses are available in a range of areas, including:
Training to make sure your staff are up-to-date with their obligations is particularly important for those offering training to others.
SkillsActive can help you meet your requirements in a number of ways:
SkillsActive has a range of offers to support training providers with increasing the number of people attending their courses and highlighting the quality of the training they offer. With SkillsActive and the National Skills Academy working together closely, we aim to develop options for all types of training organisations involved with our sector. Discover how working with SkillsActive could benefit your business!