South West Skills Academy - South West Skills Academy

Welcome to the South West Skills Academy

We bring businesses and individual learners the best standard of Health and Social Care training, feedback, and support across the South West of England. View our courses below to fast-track your career today. 

A little bit about us:

Here at South West Skills Academy (SWSA) we have one priority; you, the customer. Whether you are looking to acquire new skills as an individual or looking to equip your workforce with the highest standards of training, our courses can aid your development


What our clients love about us

“We have been going to South West Skills Academy with our training requirements for the last ten years and we are pleased to report that training our workforce of care workers has never been easier. The staff at SWSA have worked very closely with us throughout our on-going training programme to ensure our 300 staff are fully qualified to maintain our high quality and effective delivery of work to our clients. Nothing is ever too much trouble and SWSA have put a lot of effort into understanding our dynamic business, constantly changing with Penhellis Group to ensure our requirements are met every time. SWSA are our first choice when training is required and have so far provided us with every training need that we have thrown at them. Our staff have given nothing but positive feedback about the courses they have attended and the incredibly experienced and knowledgeable trainers and we cannot thank SWSA enough for their efforts. I would recommend SWSA to anyone and trust that you will be provided with a high quality and professional service.”

Lynda Darvell

Compliance Manager, Penhellis Community Care

“It’s a remarkable partnership which has offered hundreds of Who Dares Works’ participants the opportunity to return to education, many of them for the first time since school. The fully-funded flexible learning courses enable them to attain relevant skills which not only enhances their job prospects, but gives them self-confidence and a massive sense of achievement. Lee, Craig and Dan provide excellent support and they’re a visible, proactive and very professional team. Our project wouldn’t be the same without them.”

Sean Woods

Employment and Training Manager, Who Dares Works

“The level 2 funded courses run by South west Skills have really helped our members in gaining new skills and qualifications. They are supported from enrolment on to the course, right through to completion.This gives people a great sense of achievement, while building on their confidence and being able to put an extra qualification on their CV. The wide variety of courses on offer have helped some to rethink which direction their career/employment path is going and has given others the opportunity to add to their existing skills.”

Kate Jones

Employment and Skills Trainer, Work Routes Cornwall


- 01.04.22

At Southwest Skills we have taken the decision to continue to carry out all lessons via Zoom, this is hugely popular and continues to maintain a safe environment. These will be course specific training sessions with all learners being informed of time and dates via email in time to notify us of their attendance and send out any relevant materials. For learners who do not wish to attend any group sessions there will be opportunities for one-to-one sessions. All learners will continue to receive regular contact from their tutors and have a dedicated contact email address and phone number. Monthly emails will continue to be sent out to ensure learners are on target to complete learning aims and to promote health and wellbeing.

If you would like to attend any of our centres, please contact to book a room, you will be required to follow all guidelines within our premises.

It is advised but not mandatory to wear a face mask in tuition rooms.

We ask that if you have any signs or symptoms of COVID to not enter our premises, but to inform us so we can arrange a link to Zoom.

Update Date: 01/04/2022