The National Skills Fund

Closed 17 Sep 2021

Opened 15 Jul 2021


We're seeking views on the current offers funded through the National Skills Fund. The consultation also requests views on meeting critical skills needs. 

Why your views matter

The National Skills Fund will help adults gain valuable skills and improve their job prospects. It will also support the immediate economic recovery and future skills-needs by boosting the supply of skills that employers need.

We have already used this investment to fund two evidence-based offers as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee. In future years, we want to build upon the solid foundations of the first year of funding to drive even better results. This consultation therefore seeks views on three areas: i) Free qualifications for adults; ii) Skills Bootcamps, and iii) Meeting critical skill needs.

How to answer the consultation:

Please use the link below to respond to the National Skills Fund consultation through the online system. 

If you are unable to use the online system, for example because you use specialist accessibility software that is not compatible with the system, you may download a pdf version of the consultation document and email or post your response.



  • Teachers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Unions and representative organisations


  • Education
  • Post-16 funding
  • Equality
  • Lifelong learning