Vocational Services

QEF specialises in developing people’s abilities to achieve sustainable employment. We focus on tailoring individual skills to meet employers’ needs.

Professionals and Referers

Professionals and Referrers

Find out how QEF Vocational Services Employment Skills Programmes can assist your customers into sustainable employment.  Come and meet us and see for yourself what we can offer.



Enjoy updating your skills or learning new ones  in a friendly and supportive environment.  Your confidence will grow and open doors to new opportunities.

Training Programmes

Employment training

Programmes are tailored to suit individuals needs, improve employability skills and maximise the prospect of employment.

Specialist Programmes

Specialist Programmes

Anyone can try their hand at some of our evening and Saturday courses.

Assessment Centre

Initial Assessment

Our assessments will assist you and the QEF trainers to identify your strengths and empower you to achieve your goals.

Accomodation and Facilities

Accommodation and Facilities

Whether you stay on campus or travel daily, there are lots of opportunities to get involved in activities outside the training day.

Life stories

ILS Life Story


Dave was unemployed for four years prior to coming to QEF to study Maintenance Operations.  He needed to refresh his existing skills and rebuild his confidence.

Before long Dave was doing some work experience with a local builder and with confidence boosted, preparing to return to the workplace.

He has secured a position with an agency whereby he works with a team on varying projects throughout the Hampshire area.

Nice work, Dave.


ILS Life Story


Here’s trainee Peter Gray, with celebrity, Fern Britton, at the QEF Ladies Spring Lunch at Epsom Racecourse.  Peter came to QEF for skills training in Book keeping and Accounts and Employability in order to achieve self-employment. With the know-how and confidence boost, he launched a pet portrait business.  Peter now travels to craft fairs throughout the Surrey area, selling his art work as cards, prints and taking commissions and business is going well.  Fern was very impressed!  Peter’s business was given a boost when was was interviewed by Eagle Radio, Guildford’s local station.  He said, ‘I was happy to give lots of mentions to QEF because without them I don’t think I would have had the confidence to start up on my own.’

ILS Life Story


When Zara joined QEF she did not have a career plan.  She is now employed with a young vibrant advertising agency very close to her home in Northampton.

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ILS Life Story


Julia came to QEF Vocational Services on an Employability training programme.   She is now employed in catering and loving it!


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ILS Life Story


Shauna joins the Colbrooks Care Centre team as a Business Administration Apprentice.

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ILS Life Story


Michael has completed his Technology Skills – CISCO Academy programme and is now in full time employment.


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ILS Life Story


George came to QEF Vocational Services after trying out many jobs from mechanics to demolition, but he had a plan…

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ILS Life Story


Isaac came to QEF Vocational Services after being unemployed for two years.

His design flair was evident!


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ILS Life Story


Kerry had been a self-employed builder, but the recession hit construction hard and Kerry was out of work for a couple of years.

He came to QEF to study Horticulture, with a particular interest in soft landscaping. Before long he was linked with the Gavin Jones Group of companies, doing two days per week practical training, with no guarantee of a job at the end. Just as he was completing the last units of the Level 2 qualification, he received a call from Gavin Jones who offered him a paid landscaping position. Kerry has now joined the team at the prestigious Mercedes Benz World in Weybridge.

Kerry said, “I don’t know where I would be if I had not come to QEF.”

It’s been our pleasure Kerry.  Hope you enjoy your new job.

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