Young Learners

For those aged 16-19 we offer qualifications at starting at Level 1 up to Level 3. All main qualifications will be accompanied with Employability Skills, Maths and English.

Vocational Training

The Vocational Training route through Apprenticeships and NVQs can give you the edge on the competition and progress your career, as not only do you gain qualifications, you develop the skills and knowledge for the job role.

Recruitment Service

Polino offers a recruitment service to assist you in finding employment with an apprenticeship

Advantages of Vocational Training

  • Whilst developing relevant skills for your chosen career you will also be gaining your qualification
  • Vocational qualifications can get your career off to a flying start, or enhance a career if you are already in the job role, they can also be a route into higher education
  • Employers recognise and value vocational qualifications and the on the job experience that is gained through them
  • Through vocational training you will be developing skills to make you more effective in your job role which in turn will improve your productivity giving you a real advantage when it comes to progressing your career
  • Training will be tailored to fit your job role and you as an individual
  • During your training you will be ‘earning whilst learning’ and as vocational training through Apprenticeships is a priority for the government there is funding available to support the training for Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifications.

What We Can Offer

The Vocational Training route through Apprenticeships and NVQs can give you the edge on the competition and progress your career, as not only do you gain qualifications, you develop the skills and knowledge for the job role.


Apprenticeships are available for anyone from age 16 as long as you do not hold a Level 4 or higher level qualification (If you hold a Level 4 qualification you would be eligible for a Higher Level Apprenticeship at Level 5). To achieve the apprenticeship you have to be committed, prepared to work hard, flexible and want to succeed. Apprenticeships are ideal for those who wish to enhance their career prospects.

Polino Training can offer you progression routes from Intermediate to Advanced to Higher Apprenticeships as your career progresses.

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

Vocational qualifications have changed to be responsive to the needs of learners and employers. They are even more relevant to employers needs and more accessible for learners.

QCF qualifications are designed with the help of employers so learners know that they are gaining qualifications that employers need. Vocational Qualifications through QCF come in a different sizes and different levels.

QCF Qualifications

The QCF is a way of recognising achievement. It provides a more flexible route towards gaining full qualifications. All vocational qualifications will fall under one set of regulationsFull vocational qualifications can be achieved at different levels from entry to level 8.Each unit has a level which indicates demand and depth of learning required and full qualifications are gained by achieving mandatory units usually at the level of the qualification and optional units, which can be at different levels. There are rules about how to combine the units to ensure you achieve the full qualifications and Polino staff will assist you in choosing the right units for your job role and to ensure you can achieve the full qualification.

Each qualification is given a unique title, which will include:
  • The level (difficulty)
  • Size (Award, Certificate or Diploma)
  • Subject content
  • And sometimes terminology to indicate qualification purpose e.g. NVQ


Polino UK offers a range of qualifications across the Business and Management Sector including Apprenticeships and QCF Qualifications (vocational):

Business Administration

This qualification will give you the basis for a varied career in administration and will cover everything from answering the telephone to using databases.


These qualifications will allow you to further develop the leadership skills to excel in management. It will help you to get the best out of your staff, ensuring that they perform efficiently and effectively within their job roles

Employment Related Services

These qualifications have been designated to specifically support and develop individuals whose job role involves assisting people to find work.


Many job roles now include the use of Information Technology and therefore qualifications, skills and knowledge in this area are becoming critical for career progression across a range of occupations. The ITQ covers area such as using different IT applications to carry out tasks, IT security and maintenance, using email, internet, producing reports, spreadsheets and databases

Customer Service

For anyone providing a service to customers this qualification will assist you in becoming more competent in your role and more confident in the service you give. It will help you to give a quality service and to give solutions to problems in a professional, friendly and helpful manner

Advice and Guidance

This qualification is for anyone who provides information, advice and guidance directly to clients. It will enhance your skills in establishing communication with clients, supporting clients to make use of advice and guidance services and show you how to review your contribution to the service and how to improve services.

Team Leading

For those in charge of a team this qualification gives the opportunities to develop your leadership skills and the abilities in directing and co-ordinating the team to reach their full potential. It will also enhance your skills to allow you to take on more responsibility and to progress further


There are no formal requirements for entry on to a qualification delivered by Polino. However, you will need to be in a job role that supports the qualification that you want to achieve. You will also need to be committed, enthusiastic and willing to work hard.

Vocational (QCF) Qualifications

Free standing qualifications are available for all ages, but are recommended for those who have previous experience in the job role


open to all individuals who are not in full-time education and who do not hold a Level 4 or higher level of qualification and are employed (if you hold a Level 4 qualification you would be eligible for a Higher Level Apprenticeship at Level 5). Entry is flexible and the level of the apprenticeship will depend on your job role


The government has highlighted the importance of vocational training to develop the country’s skills base and competitiveness and as a result has allocated funding to support training for eligible candidates.

  • Vocational Qualification
  • Fully funded for 1st Level 2 qualifications (must not hold level 2 or equivalent) at aged 19+
  • Fully funded for 1st Level 3 if aged 19 to 24
  • 2nd Level 2s, Level 3 for those aged 25 and above are subsidised
  • Higher Level Qualifications are available through Polino but are not funded and will incur full delivery cost
  • Apprenticeships
  • Fully funded for individuals aged between 16 and 18
  • Subsidized for individuals aged 19+

Preparing for Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is an integrated framework that includes a QCF (Competency Based Qualification) Level NVQ, Functional Skills in English, Mathematics and ICT, a Technical Certificate, which is designed to provide the knowledge and understanding needed for a particular occupational area, Employment Rights and Responsibilities and Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.

(There is no Technical Certificate for the ITQ or Employment Related Services Apprenticeships, the competence and knowledge components are integrated in one qualification. Functional Skills in ICT are not applicable for the Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Customer Service.)

As per the Government’s learner eligibility criteria for funding, individuals who hold a Level 4 or higher qualification are not eligible for apprenticeship funding. The learner can not do the apprenticeship if they are in seasonal or temporary employment. This is because for a standard Apprenticeship they should be permanently employed and contracted for a minimum of 30 hours per week. This is due to 12 months being the minimum length of time that the programme takes to complete. Polino will look at all individuals as there may be occasions when funding is available through other projects. In the course of apprenticeship, the person gets functional skills required for any occupational role and which are transferable skills that can be used in the workplace. Polino’s apprenticeship

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – exempt from Customer Service

Study Programme

NEET 16-24: Not in Employment, Education or Training

The NEET 16-24 programme is designed to support youngsters aged 16-24 into employment via advice, guidance and entry Level 2/Level 3 qualifications/Apprenticeship pathways.

What is NEET?

This programme is aimed to provide packages of support to young adults Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in order to enable them to go back on the journey to formal skills training and employment. It is aimed at engaging the local NEET group to get them ready for work, progress to Apprenticeship or continue in education and training. This project is an opportunity to focus on increasing 16-24 NEET participation, entry to labour market and support for individuals so that they can progress to an Apprenticeship programme or other Level 2 forms of training.

This particular programme is taking place at and involves both classroom based training and one-to-one support

  • Aged between 16-24
  • Cannot hold Level 2 qualification or above
  • Must not be in Education, Employment or Training
NEET Programme Structure
  • IAG (1st Day)
  • Unit qualifications (Motivation Building, Writing a CV, Preparing for Interviews, Searching for Jobs, Completing Job Applications, Group Work, Personal Presentation)
  • Full Level 2 qualification – 3-4 months
  • Full Level 3– 6-8 months
  • Retail qualification
NEET Intended Outcomes
  • Job Outcomes/Training/Work Placement
  • Qualifications: Progress to full Level 2/3 qualifications
  • Progress to Apprenticeship Programme
NEET Support Provided
  • Employability Skills
  • Counselling and Mentoring Support
  • Guidance
  • Confidence Building and Motivational Sessions