Learners of all levels are realising their career ambitions with our work-based qualifications and programmes. Read our learner stories to see how these individuals are developing the skills they need to be successful at work.

Pearson can provide individualised programmes for learners of all levels and with all types of experiences, and equip you with the tools you need to create employable learners.

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Worked as a chef and wanted to move into the security industry

Delroy found that new opportunities for work opened up when he developed his enterprise and employability skills. WorkSkills qualifications provide learners with these key skills, which they can use as a springboard into self-employment - like Delroy - or to help them get a new role.

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Delroy's story

Delroy, 37

* This story is by Delroy Taylor from Free2Learn.

Left school and wanted to progress to a career in sport

Learners like Ryan need to get practical experience to keep them engaged, but also to develop fundamental skills like English and maths to improve their chances of getting a job. A Traineeship from Pearson gives you the ideal framework to design a programme that offers both.

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Ryan's story

Ryan, 17

* This story is by Ryan Watkinson from York College.

Left college and wanted to work with children

Learners like Jamie Lee have the abilities but it's essential that they experience a real work environment, so they appreciate the demands of employment. Skilled for Life's unitised structure allows you to address personal skills gaps without the burden of a full qualification, helping to unlock learners' natural talents.

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Jamie Lee's story

Jamie Lee, 18

* This story is by Jamie Lee Cunningham from Dairy Farm Training.

Left school and did an art course but felt unprepared for employment

Poppy completed a traineeship, which gave her the opportunity to improve her employability skills through a work placement. She was able to secure a full time role that she enjoys and is suited to her interests and skills.

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Poppy Lou's story

Poppy Lou, 18

*This story is by Poppy Lou Feather from York College.

Left college with an interest in fitness and wants to be a personal trainer

Learners like Declan need to experience what work is really like so that they can progress and make the most of their abilities. Skilled for Life’s unitised structure lets you address personal skills gaps outside a full qualification, so learners can appreciate the demands of employment as well as show their talents.

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Declan's story

Declan, 17

*The story is by Declan O’Neill from Dairy Farm Training.

Left school with poor grades and wants to be a hairdresser

It's essential for learners like Shauna to start with the basics, and to gain a proper understanding of their interpersonal skills. Bite-size qualifications within the Skilled for Life programme can help with the former, while SelfSmart can help them to understand and master the behaviours needed in the workplace.

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Shauna's story

Shauna, 16

*This story is by Shauna Gorman from Dairy Farm Training.

Left college with no qualifications that would help with a job

Learners like Phillip who have a difficult start need to equip themselves with in-demand, transferable skills. They need flexible programmes, like Skilled for Life, that can be tailored to their individual skill profiles and include work experience to help them understand the demands of unfamiliar environments.

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Phillip's story

Phillip, 17

* This story is by Phillip Lynch from Dairy Farm Training.

Well qualified and skilled in current role but wanted to develop skills to further career

Learners like Simone might already be established in a job but want to build on their skills to help move their career to the next level. WorkSkills qualifications are a great way to do this, and they're flexible enough to fit in and around work. 

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Simone's story

Simone, 38

* This story is by Simone Addison from Free2Learn.