Vocational skills

Our Progressions Team can support schools in providing vocational training for students.

14-25 Progressions Team

The 14-25 Progressions Team arranges Alternative Provision on behalf of schools through a robust tendering, contract management and quality assurance structure with a network of Alternative Provision Providers across Sheffield.

Where a child is on roll at a school, referrals must be made by schools and parent/carer permission for placement is always required.

From academic year 2016-17, the 14-25 Progressions Team offer 2 programmes:

  • Progressions Programmes
  • KS3 and 4 Re-engagement Programmes

Details of which providers can offer these programmes are available below.

Progression Programmes (Key Stage 4)

These programmes include up to 2 year courses aiming to achieve a GCSE equivalent qualification in a vocational area and “roll on, roll off” courses. They are suitable for learners who require a vocational qualification or who are at risk of disengaging from the mainstream school curriculum and becoming NEET. Placements are part time and last up to 2 years.

Target group

Key Stage 4 (and, in exceptional circumstances, Y9) learners who would benefit from usually one or two days off site, the remainder of the time typically spent in school.

Programme duration

Ongoing (minimum half term blocks).


Needs must be met by referring school.

Re-engagement Programmes (Key Stage 3 and 4)

These courses are suitable for learners demonstrating exclusion risk factors that, despite the school's usual multi-agency strategies, are not showing improvement. Placements are part time (1-2 days per week) and short term (up to a maximum of one term).


School refers to the 14-25 Progressions Team.


Needs must be met by referring school.

In addition the team can arrange:

  • alternative provision for Y11 students newly arrived in the city, who require extended induction support before attending a mainstream school
  • opportunities/training packages for young people in care or care experienced young people who are NEET

ESF Pathways Programme

From 2019 to 2021 we will be delivering the ESF Pathways Programme in Sheffield. Part funded by the European Social Fund, the Pathways Programme aims to improve access to and equality in the employment market.

As part of the ESF Pathways programme we have commissioned two programmes:

Positive Progress

Supporting young people in Year 11 who are or who may be at risk of becoming NEET, to complete a package of transition provision that will introduce and prepare them for post 16 opportunities.

Targeted 16- 18  provision in Geographical NEETS hotspots

Working in areas of the city known to have large numbers of unemployed and economically active 16 – 18 year olds to support their engagement with education, training and employment opportunities. 

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