Berkshire Back to Business People Skills Programme

Helping businesses and employees recover from the impact of the pandemic

A scheme for businesses to help:

  • Improve productivity
  • Increase efficiency
  • Reduce staff absence
  • Increase retention

There can be no doubt that the pandemic has changed the way we work with people in an organisation or business, whether it be managing our staff, looking after their wellbeing or supporting colleagues.

Funded by Skills Support for the Workforce from the European Social Fund, Skills for Progress are delighted to be able to offer people in work opportunities to develop their soft skills and enhance their CV.

We have a fully funded programme that contains both training and qualifications (value £2500 per person) that covers:

  • Workplace mental health and people skills (leading to a qualification);
  • Supporting the wellbeing of home working staff OR supporting the wellbeing of staff in the workplace;
  • Mentoring colleagues (leading to a qualification).

Our free training and mentored support is designed to upskill employees and managers to suit a post-pandemic workplace and takes 2-12 weeks to complete depending on time committed.

Flexible Support Self-study

Participants are able to progress through the training at their own pace as they access pre-recorded 15 minute video lessons, or undertake activities in their handbooks. This evidence-based approach, we have found, has provided staff with the ability to complete courses in their own time and be flexible to the demands of the pandemic. Accompanied by the regular mentoring sessions to ask questions or to keep on track, our programmes have seen an over 95% completion rate.

I found this course was better than expected. When I think about online courses, I think about quiz type questions and videos that don’t relate to anything. Watching the videos felt that you were sitting in the classroom or sitting with the tutor and the questions in the quiz related to the videos, so when I didn’t know the answer I could just go back and watch the video. 


Free mentoring

All participants are supported by a qualified mentor, who you will talk to weekly or fortnightly. This practical support helps you to overcome barriers and talk through decisions, or application of the learning.

Participants to this programme will work towards an appropriate accredited qualification from Open Awards to help show recent personal development (CPD) on their CV.


What the programme feels like

Once an employer is registered, they can identify employees who would benefit from the programme. They have an initial conversation to determine suitability for the programme and then complete the registration forms, submitting it with evidence such as their passport, proof of address and proof of employment.

After this, participants will have access to a short course on working with home working staff and a short qualification on using mentoring techniques with colleagues. Lessons are delivered in 15 minute video segments with activities, learning is assessed through online responses. These two courses can be completed in 1-2 weeks.

Following this, participants spend 3-8 week (depending on the time they commit) working through the modules in the post pandemic people skills course. They again complete online questions to be assessed and gain the qualification.

Participants completing the modules and online questions will gain two formal qualifications. If questions do not meet the required standard, then they are given the opportunity to resubmit their answer.

The entire programme is forecast to last 3-6 weeks, depending on the time participants commit to it, they have up to 3 months to complete it all.


To be eligible you need to:

  1. Be employed in Berkshire
  2. Live in Berkshire
  3. Have a right to live and work in the UK
  4. Not be on an apprenticeship or have an existing management qualification

We are required to work with the employer to register them before registering individuals on the programme as a condition of funding.

Find out more

To find out more or express an interest, please email or call 02381 120010.