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Our team are available for you to ask any questions about the PLEYSS programme or other training opportunities with Professional Training Solutions.   Simply complete the contact form or call us on 01252 712945.

How many times do we hear?  no qualifications no job, no experience no job – well there are programmes and initiatives that can help individuals to gain experience and qualifications to be able to get a step on the job ladder.  The Government runs programmes for the unemployed across the UK and sometimes within a dedicated area for example London.

Our PLEYSS programme is one of these initiatives,  powered by Professional Training Solutions it seeks to find unemployed people in London who are interested in gaining skills and a qualification within the Early Years Sector.   It is open to everyone – to apply you must be:

  • aged between 16-69,
  • not currently in education,
  • unemployed and living in London
  • and most importantly be looking to pursue a career in the Early Years sector

Absolutely! It is never too late to learn something new, change your career direction or come back into the working world after a break. Perhaps circumstances are making you revaluate your career, certainly since the pandemic alot of people have either had to do this or used it as an opportunity to change their lifestyle.

Our PLEYSS programme is targeted at unemployed Londoners looking for a job in Early Years – it is ran by Professional Training Solutions and they offer a range of apprenticeships and distance learning qualifications. By the way there is no age limit for an apprenticeship!

Our PLEYSS programme offers a pathway for individuals to follow to gain a qualification for becoming a Nanny.   A Nanny is a person  employed to look after a child in its own home and are often live-in childcare support that play a large role in the lives of the children they take care of.

We offer learners the option to study for the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare.  This qualification consists of three units, the 3rd unit is:

  • Unit 3 – Exploring the role of the Nanny:  The aim of this unit is to explore the role and responsibilities of the Nanny.  This unit will consider challenging aspects to this role as well as introducing sources of support, advice and guidance for the Nanny.

On successful completion of the Level 3 award and the other aspects of the programme the learner  can apply for  FREE membership to PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years).  They are a charity dedicated to supporting everyone working in childcare and early years to provide high quality care and early learning for children and families.

There is a host of resources, organisations and information about how you can get training, get into work and leave the unemployment stigma behind – BUT – then how do you know which piece of information to read?

The Gov.uk campaigns run quite regularly and they can be a great source of information – for example Skills for Life and  Get the Jump (aimed at 14-19 year olds). For those who have work coaches they can also offer help and guidance on schemes that are running.

Another option is to speak with a independent training provider like Professional Training Solutions who as well as powering the PLEYSS programme also offer a wide choice of training, apprenticeships, traineeships, employability training. They have experts who can talk with you and see what is best for you.

What are Employability Skills?
Employability skills are the core skills and personal traits everyone needs to be able to success in nearly every job. They are general skills that make someone desirable to an organization and hiring managers almost always look for employees with these skills.
You may come across other names for Employability skills such as foundational skills or job-readiness skills.

Employability skills include the soft skills that allow you to work well with others, apply knowledge to solve problems, and to fit into any work environment. They also include the professional skills that enable you to be successful in the workplace. These are also considered as transferable skills because you can apply them to a job in any industry.

The core skills are:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Ethics
  • Digital Skills

As part of the PLEYSS programme individuals undertake the Level 2 Award in Personal Development for Employability that aims to prepare learners for employment.   The qualification is designed to be flexible for learners to achieve a variety of employment-based skills, along with several work-related tasters, ensuring they feel equipped for full-time employment.

The qualification consists of three units:

  • Unit 1 – Self-management: Learners will understand the importance of self-management in the workplace.
  • Unit 2 – Working in a Team: Learners will understand the advantages and disadvantages of having a team complete a task, work positively as a member of a team, and gain the confidence to allocate roles and responsibilities within the team in relation to a given task.
  • Unit 3 -Preparing for an Interview: Learners will understand the importance of preparing for an interview and learn how to prepare interview questions and pre-interview preparation.