The Skills Network

Expand your skills and knowledge



We've Partnered with The Skills Network to offer all GMB members access to FREE accredited level 2 training courses and accredited CPDs (Continuous Professional Development). The Skills Network offers a range of fully funded courses to help you get on at work. From Health and Social Care courses to Retail, theres something for everyone.  

How Do Level 2 Courses Work?

All courses are online, paper based, or a mix of both. You would have to commit around 3 hours per week to complete the course within a three month timeframe. Full digital tutor support is provided to ensure you achieve your qualification.

How Do CPD Courses Work?

These online CPDs provide flexible learning – study at your own pace, in your own time. Courses are auto-marked via an online learning platform which tracks and manages your progression.  You'll be able to access a range of interactive and engaging online courses which provide instant feedback from auto-marked assessments.

Am I eligible for funding?

Anyone can apply for funding for Level 2 courses if they live in England or Scotland and have lived in the EU for the past three years. Those with indefinate leave to remain are also eligible. All members are able to apply for CPD courses.

How Do I Enrol?

To enrol on a course, please fill the form below. You will need access to an electronic devie and a copy of your ID. This offer is only for GMB members. Not a member yet? Join by clicking the button below: 

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Available CPDs

The Skills Network offers over 40 CPDs (Continuing Professional Development) to help you develop and progress your skills and knowledge. The courses cover a wide range of subject areas, from leadership and managment to retail and hospitality. Courses are offered in bite-sized chunks via online learning to enable efficient delivery and effective learning. Simply enrol below to find out more.

Available Level 2 Certificates

Childcare and Education

  • Awareness of Bullying in Children & Young People
  • Behaviour that Challenges in Children
  • Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
  • Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health

Business, Leadership and Management

  • Principles of Business Administration
  • Principles of Customer Service
  • Principles of Team Leading
  • Lean Organisation Management Techniques
  • Event Planning

Health and Social Care

  • Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Principles of the Mental Health Care Worker
  • Common Health Conditions
  • Counselling Skills
  • Falls Prevention Awareness
  • Improving Service User Experience
  • Information, Advice and Guidence
  • Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care
  • Principles of Working with People with Disabilities
  • Principles of Care Planning
  • Principles of Dementia Care
  • Principles of End of Life Care
  • Principles of Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings
  • Understanding Autism
  • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
  • Understanding Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Understanding the Care and Management of Diabetes 
  • Understanding the Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care

Retail and Hospitality

  • Cleaning Knowledge and Skills
  • Understanding Retail Operations
  • Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events (Extended Certificate)

Personal Development and Employability

  • Equality and Diversity
  • IT User Skills
  • Digital Skills

Health and Wellbeing

  • Allergy Awareness for those Working with Children
  • Allergy Awareness for those Working in the Service Sector
  • Allergy Awareness for those Working in Adult Social Care
  • Improving Personal Excercise, Health and Nutrition
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health
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