Qualification Information

Sector: Other Category: Personal development
VTCT Product Code: SK1A3 GLH: 77 Age Restriction: 14
Qualification Number: 601/4862/7 Units: 4 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 1 Minimum Credits: 11

Additional Information

Guided Learning Hours

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 77 GLH.

Primary outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 1 Award in Employability Skills is to support you by overcoming barriers to entering work, particularly those relating to searching for jobs, applying for jobs, the interview process and safe learning in the workplace.


The VTCT Level 1 Award in Employability Skills is a qualification that will support you to overcome barriers to entering work. This qualification is designed for learners aged 14 years or over who wish to improve their chances of gaining employment. There are no formal requirements to undertake this qualification.

This qualification is made up of four units including, searching for a job, applying for a job, interview skills, and safe learning in the workplace. Throughout these units you will carry out research into employment opportunities and identify jobs that match your skills and requirements. You will learn about the different methods of applying for jobs including the applying for jobs online. You will also develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for, undertake and review your own performance at an interview, outlining actions to improve performance at future interviews. You will also develop the skills to carry out risk assessments in the workplace.

These units will together help you to overcome the barriers to entering work and improve your chances of employment.

What can this qualification lead to?

This qualification will support your personal development and improve your chances of employment through overcoming some of the barriers preventing entry to work. The employability skills developed in this qualification will prepare you to successfully gain employment in any sector including the service industries, engineering, and healthcare to name but a few.

This qualification is one of two VTCT qualifications in employability skills. This qualification is the more advanced of the two qualifications, where you are required to undertake research into jobs, apply for jobs in different formats, and take a lead role in risk assessing the workplace. The Entry Level qualification is focused more on searching and applying for jobs using fewer formats, and interviewing for jobs. The health and safety unit requires learners to contribute to a risk assessment rather than lead.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification has been reviewed and is supported by the following training providers as a valid qualification which will overcome barriers to work:

- Strive Training
- New College Durham
- Northumberland College

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 11 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
USK14 R/506/7978 Applying for a Job 1 2 16
USK16 Y/506/7982 Safe Learning in the Workplace 1 4 23
USK17 R/506/8001 Searching for a Job 1 2 20
USK22 D/506/8017 Interview Skills 1 3 18

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Debut Training Academy Ltd 01268 560552 Visit website Essex
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A Candor Professional Beauty Academy - Colchester 2 0845 467 7754 Visit website Essex
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy - Southend-on-Sea 020 8004 8835 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
II Intuitive 01594 846293 Visit website Gloucestershire
International Beauty and Holistic Academy 01452 414770 Visit website Gloucestershire
Dermatherapy 07900931907 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Debut Training Academy - Ware 01992 848039 Visit website Hertfordshire
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Strive Training 020 8952 4856 Visit website London - Barnet
Debut Training Academy Ltd - Sidcup 0208 859 3446 Visit website London - Bexley
SJC Training Academy of Hair and Beauty T/A HB Academy 02088593446 Visit website London - Bexley
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A Candor Professional Beauty Academy - Willesden 020 8004 8835 Visit website London - Brent
Y.O.U.R Beauty School 0208 698 0345 (opt. 1) Visit website London - Lewisham
St Helens College - Knowsley Campus 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Global Make up, Hair & Productions Academy LTD 07888875558 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Norris Green Liverpool Adult Learning Centre 0151 233 8539 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Park Road Liverpool Adult Learning Centre 0151 233 8539 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
LivAva Training Academy 0151 651 0101 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Barnsley College 01226 216710 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
Francesco Group Stafford Academy 01785 247175 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
Hinchleywood School 01932 267186 Visit website Surrey
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Kirklees College - Pioneer House 01924 465916 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Leeds City College - The Printworks Campus 0113 284 6362 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Evesham College part of WCG 01386 712604 Visit website Worcestershire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Kilcooley Womens Centre 028 9147 8292 Visit website Ards and North Down