Smart Futures Programme

From 1st August 2023 young people aged 16-18, (or 19-24 and in receipt of an EHCP), who are not yet ready to progress onto an apprenticeship, paid employment or onto a further education programme of study, will be able to apply for a position with Smart Training and Recruitment under our new Smart Futures Programme.

Smart Futures – Level Up your Maths & English

The development of English and Mathematics functional skills is key to all learning!

As part of the government’s ‘Study Programmes’, we are supporting young people with the achievement of their Maths and English Functional Skills, up to Level 2 (GCSE equivalent), as well as their Employability Skills.

We are proud to have developed a new programme of learning which will focus on developing functional and transferable skills, better aligned with the workplace skills needs.

Additionally, bursary/financial support may be available for those candidates who are eligible, in order to remove any participation barriers. See our “Bursary Fund Policy” under policies section for further details, or use the “email us today” contact link below, to enquire

Study programmes are aimed at people that are:

  • not enrolled on any other funded training and
  • aged 16-18 or
  • aged 19-24 and have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)


Programme of learning components:

  1. Functional Skills in English and/or Mathematics – From Entry 3 up to Level 2*
  2. Employability Skills – CV writing, job matching and searching, preparing for an interview
  3. Work Experience


  1. Up to 6 months on programme learning
  2. Weekly/bi-weekly sessions delivered via a virtual classroom*
  3. Group & 1-2-1 lessons
  4. 24/7 access to our e-Learning platform and resources
  5. Work Experience with a supportive employer

*Virtual delivery for Level 1 and 2 only. We work with a range of councils across England, please contact us if you require face-to-face, small classroom delivery.

Work Experience

We are working with selected employment and work placement partners. Where possible, we are encouraging learners to engage in real work placement experience, carrying out a wide range of tasks to support the development of their employability skills.

Progression Routes

At the end of the programme, the candidate may:

  • Progress onto a Level 2 Apprenticeship with Smart Training and Recruitment in one of the following sectors:
    • Adult Care
    • Customer Service
    • Warehousing
    • Trade Supplier
    • Lean Manufacturing
  • Progress onto a Level 2 Apprenticeship with an alternative provider through the Gov.uk “Find an apprenticeship” portal
  • Progress into paid work
  • Progress onto a further education course at college.

Interested in learning more about the Smart Futures Programme?

View: Smart Futures Poster

View: Smart Futures Journey

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