How Funded Courses Work

Our funded courses include Apprenticeships for the Employed and short funded day courses for the Self Employed.

On an apprenticeship you’re employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually one of our Assessors will attend your place of work regularly to deliver your apprenticeship, by the end of the qualification timeframe you’ll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

On our short funded courses you will attend, learn and train in your chosen programme, anywhere from 1 Day up to 14 Days.

You can complete as many short funded courses as you wish!

These qualifications can include:

  • Functional skills – GCSE level qualifications in English, maths and IT.
  • National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) – from Level 2 (comparable to five GCSEs) up to Level 5 (similar to a postgraduate degree).
  • Technical certificates – such as BTEC, City and Guild Progression Award etc.
  • Academic qualifications – including a Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), foundation degree or the equivalent of a full Bachelors degree.
  • You’ll also be constantly developing your transferable skills, otherwise known as soft skills, which are highly valued by employers. These include communication, teamwork and problem solving, as well as knowledge of IT and the application of numbers.

Apprenticeship levels

There are four different levels of apprenticeship:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to five good GCSE passes.
  • Advanced – equivalent to two A-level passes.
  • Higher – equivalent to the first stages of higher education, such as a foundation degree.
    Degree – comparable to a Bachelors or Masters degree.
  • Apprenticeship level structures vary in the UK. If you aren’t based in England, see Apprenticeships in Wales, Apprenticeships in Scotland or NI Direct Apprenticeships for more information.

Types of Funded Short Courses we offer at Skill.Fill

These include:

  • Beauty Therapy – roles in a salon, spa or perhaps owning your own business. We offer full diploma’s and short fst track courses in all L2 and L3 Beauty Therapy, Advanced Beauty Therapy Electrical Beauty Therapy, Massage,  Nail Technician qualifications ( such as Acrylic / Gel Polish)
  • Health & Well Being –  holistic roles such as mental health massage, health and well being aroma massage and indian head massage as well as counselling and care roles.
  • Teaching & Assessing –  in roles such as L3 and L4 Teaching and Assessing, Coaching and Mentoring. This will allow you to teach, train, mentor and support students in a learning environment such as college or your own training centre. You can only teach those qualifications that you are currently or will be qualified in. At Skill.Fill we can support you in achieving those pre-requisite qualifications if required. We offer L3 and L4 Assessing and Mentoring, Learning Coach qualifications.
  • Hair and Barbering – such as owning your own salon or a role within a hair salon. At Skill.Fill we offer L2 Hair Professional and L3 Advanced Creative Hair qualifications.

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  • Media apprenticeships in areas such as Blogging, Social Media, Content production, digital content such as in journalism roles or supporting businesses with their marketing media content.

You’ll be able to enter your chosen sector at an apprenticeship level that reflects your previous qualifications and the demands of the role.

Length of courses and apprenticeships

The length of your apprenticeship will depend on a number of factors, such as the level of the apprenticeship, your chosen sector, employer requirements and your individual ability.
Their length follows a basic framework:

  • Intermediate apprenticeships typically last between 12 months to 24 months.
  • Advanced apprenticeships are usually studied over 12 months to 18 months.
  • Higher and degree apprenticeships take three-to-six years to complete.


Short Courses can be tailored and suited to your needs and childcare arrangements, ranging from 1 Day to 14 Days which you can attend daily or weekly.

Pay rates and working hours

If you’re aged under 19 and an apprentice, or 19 or over and still in your first year as an apprentice, you’ll be entitled to the apprenticeship wage. Apprentices aged 19 or over and who’ve completed their first year will be able to claim the National Minimum Wage.

This pay rate is stated as a guideline – some employers pay you a higher wage. You’ll also be entitled to sick pay, any additional benefits your employer offers to its other employees, such as healthcare plans and childcare vouchers, and at least 20 days of paid holiday per year. Use the GOV.UK Holiday Calculator to work out your exact entitlement.

Working hours vary depending on your employer, but you won’t be able to work more than 40 hours per week or any fewer than 30. Typically, you’ll work between 35 and 37.5 hours per week. The sector you’re entering will determine the nature of your daily working hours – while most apprentices can expect to work a 9am-5.30pm per day with an hour’s break for lunch, those in hospitality or healthcare roles, for instance, should expect to work antisocial shifts.

Age limit

There is no upper age limit on being an apprentice or on a self employed course

As long as you’re aged 16 and over you’ll be eligible to apply to us for your chosen course.

Entry requirements

As each type of apprenticeship offers a different-levelled qualification on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), their entry requirements will vary. Generally speaking, they are as follows:

  • To apply for an intermediate L2 or L3 apprenticeship, you’ll just need to be aged 16 years old or above and no longer in full-time education.
  • For an advanced apprenticeship, you’re likely to be asked for prior work experience / knowledge and ideally have at least three A- C or 9-4 grade GCSEs or equivalent – such as an intermediate apprenticeship qualification.
  • As higher apprenticeships are the equivalent of a foundation degree, HNC or first year of a Bachelors, you’ll usually need at least five A*-C or 9-4 grade GCSEs, as well as some Level 3 qualifications in relevant subjects, to apply. Your Level 3 qualifications could be AS-levels, a BTEC National or a Level 3 NVQ.

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  • Degree apprenticeships will have the tightest entry requirements. These may include three A-levels in a specified grade range or a higher apprenticeship qualification, on top of at least five A*-C or 9-4 GCSE grades. It’s likely you’ll be required to have prior work experience.

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