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Progression Training provides high quality training across Wales and the UK, specialising in Health & Social Care.

Essential Skills Wales (ESW)


The Essential Skills Wales (ESW) Qualifications are awarded by City & Guilds and are intended for everyone, from school pupils to chief executives in large companies. The Essential Skills are the skills most commonly needed for success in a range of activities at work, in education, training and life in general.

Emphasis within these standards is upon the practical application of transferable skills to suit a variety of different purposes. Whilst the Essential Skills can be assessed and achieved as a stand-alone outcome, delivery may more commonly form part of broader learning programmes involving the achievement of other qualifications. For example, Apprenticeship Frameworks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland all include a ESW requirement.

Progression Training offer the following Essential Skills

Application of Number 
Digital Literacy

Why essential skills are important

Essential Skills help to improve learners’:

  • Motivation
  • Progression
  • Achievement
  • Employability

They are essential, as they enable individuals to be:

  • Computer literate
  • Able to relate well with customers
  • Good team workers
  • Flexible in their work activities
  • Decision makers and problem solvers
  • Able to communication effectively

What do our learners say? 

  • The application of number was excellent for refreshing maths knowledge. Definitely beneficial for anyone to learn these skills or to refresh them – David Taylor, Ceredigion. 

We cover the areas of North Wales, Mid Wales & South Wales