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Alternative Education

Information for Schools

We work with education partners across the UK to help children and young people aged 5-19 to develop self-confidence, resilience and character. 

Our instructors are predominantly ex-Services personnel who now serve their communities by delivering motivational mentoring and inspiring education programmes. 

Our team has unrivalled experience developed over 15 years of working with primary and secondary schools to transform lives and help young people be their best. Our work is informed by the vision and principles of our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT.   

Our programmes complement existing education provision in the following areas:   

Preparing for transition:   

A number of our programmes are designed to complement existing teaching provision to support young people as they prepare to take their next steps in education, work or training.  We have a strong reputation nationally for alternative education provision, working in partnership with councils, schools and academies. Whether measured in terms of reach, attainment, retention, outcomes or personal development, the SkillForce intervention is cost-effective and beneficial for students, schools and broader society.   


We have developed a number of pathways specifically designed to help schools teach employability skills and instil in their students the values, outlook and disciplines required by employers in the workplace.   

The SkillForce Prince's Award, offers young people the opportunity to develop the skills and attributes valued by employers and training providers, such as teamwork, leadership, confidence and resilience.   

Taking part in a series of practical training activities, participants are then required to put their learning and experience into practice by taking part in a project that will benefit others in their community.   


The Princes Award is for young people aged 14-19.   

This programme is ideal for: 

  • Students preparing for GCSEs and Nationals 
  • Students at key transition points such as the step up to sixth form or college, or on to apprenticeships, university or work 
  • Students who would benefit from additional support to build confidence and skills 
  • Young people who would enjoy and learn from taking part in a practical, real-life community project that will have a lasting impact on others.   


  • BTEC Workskills - L1 or L2  BTEC Active Sport and Leisure L1
  • NCFE Uniformed Public Services L1, L2 or L3
  • Various ASDAN Qualifications
  • Sports Leader Qualifications 
  • First Aid Qualifications 
  • OCR Employability Qualifications  

Group Size

Minimum group size: 12

Maximum group size: 15

Who to contact

Contact Name
Amber Scarth or Katie Allen
Amber - 07823 345629 or Katie 07726 601971

Where to go

SkillForce North East
St. Georges Army Reserve Centre
Sandyford Road
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Other Details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£33.34 per student per day for an academic year Per day
Costing's based on one day per week for an academic year. Courses can be delivered over half a term, a term, 2 terms or a full year.


Referral required?
Referral Details

Excluded young people, Learner at risk of exclusion, Poor attendees, Young offenders

Access or Eligibility

On discussion with the school, Year 10 and 11

Last updated: 13/07/2018
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