Founded in 1990, Standguide continues to support hundreds of employers and thousands of participants per year, providing employment advice, funded qualifications and business mentoring and recruitment.

Standguide’s comprehensive and successful delivery portfolio includes employment, education and rehabilitation services UK-wide on behalf of the Department for Work & Pensions, Education & Skills Funding Agency, NHS and Ministry of Justice as well as local and combined authorities, both as a direct deliverer and through effective management of supply chain partners.

About Standguide

Standguide have supported individuals and employers for over 30 years.

We are a nationwide market leader and have helped over 12,000 people across the UK in the last 12 months to retrain, find new careers or grow their own businesses.

Standguide and our supply chain partners deliver the devolved GMCA Adult Education Budget across the Greater Manchester area. Our qualifications are co-funded by Greater Manchester Combined Authority. This means our courses may be fully funded if you are aged 19 or over and live anywhere in Greater Manchester (other eligibility criteria may apply).

For each of our courses, you will find a Qualification Overview – this explains what each course includes, what you will learn, how to enrol, the eligibility criteria and when/where it takes place.

You can see the full list of courses below and then browse each qualification in more detail on our website

Courses offered by Standguide

The principle purpose of the Adult Education Budget is to engage adults and provide them with the skills needed for entering and sustaining work, an apprenticeship / traineeship, or other further learning. In Greater Manchester, this means high quality provision that leads to demonstrable improvements in opportunities, positive outcomes for individuals and clear progression pathways for our residents, with a clear line of sight into the local labour market and future economic development opportunities.

Our courses include:

  • Understanding Mental Health (Level 2 and Level 3)
  • Understanding Autism (Level 2 and Level 3)
  • Introduction to Working in Schools (Entry Level 3 to Level 1)
  • Supporting Teaching & Learning (Level 2 and Level 3)
  • Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (Level 3)
  • Vocational Studies: Skills for Hospitality (Level 1)
  • Vocational Studies: Skills for Hotel Services (Level 1)
  • Principles of Customer Service (Level 1)
  • Creating a Business Start-Up (Level 2)
  • Business and Retail (Level 1)
  • Principles of Team Leading (Level 2)
  • Management Skills & Knowledge (Level 3)
  • Essential Digital Skills (Entry Level 3 to Level 1)
  • Cybersecurity (Level 1)
  • IT User Skills (Level 2)
  • Systems Infrastructure (Level 3)
  • Networking & Cyber Security (Level 3)
  • Functional Skills Maths (Entry Level 1 to Level 2)
  • Functional Skills English (Entry Level 1 to Level 2)
  • ESOL (Entry Level 1 to Entry Level 3)
  • Living and Working in the UK (Entry Level 1 to Level 1)
  • Progression: Steps into Employment (Level 1)
  • Employability Skills (Entry Level 3 to Level 1)

Contact Standguide

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Call us on 0161 881 4826