Types of Training in Hertfordshire

Basic Skills

The terms basic, functional or key skills are commonly used to describe useful and practical skills in English, mathematics and ICT (information and communications technology). 

Often referred to as skills for life, they are required if individuals are to do well in the workplace and to cope easily and independently with everyday life. Better functional skills can mean a better future – as learners or as employees. In this wider context they improve:

  • self-management
  • thinking and solving problems
  • working together and communicating
  • understanding the business
  • solve problems

Functional skills are a mandatory component of Apprenticeships. They are also available as stand-alone qualifications for young people and adults. 

Find out about accreditation for employability skills
You can find out about current accreditation from the National Database of Accredited Qualifications

English and Maths

Basic reading, writing and maths skills are required to apply for most jobs or to study further, eg for National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).


People over 16 and who’ve left school normally don’t have to pay to do:

  •  English or maths to GCSE level
  •  Some information and communication technology (ICT) courses
  •  English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

The Work Programme

When you are looking for training to improve the skills of your existing workforce it’s worth knowing that in the Watford and South West Herts region the work programme is delivered by a variety of partners and they are required to keep their red tape to a minimum.