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Government Grants for Retraining

By: Paul Geraghty - Updated: 1 Jan 2021 | comments*Discuss
Government Grants For Retraining

The government now preaches constantly about the need for us to engage in “lifelong learning” to keep up with the changing demands of the modern world and participate in the “knowledge economy”. To help make the ideal a reality, a variety of financial assistance programmes are available to help you acquire new skills.

Redundancy-Related Retraining Help

If the redundancy is a large-scale one, the Jobcentre is sometimes able to deploy special help through its Rapid Response Service. The help is uniquely tailored to the requirements of each case and can sometimes include financial help to pay for new training.

Adult Learning Grant

The government offers an Adult Learning Grant (ALG) to contribute to the costs of courses (or expenses related to them) which will help you achieve new levels of qualification. This is a significant restriction which you should note. It means that you cannot get funding for ELQ or Equivalent Level Qualifications. For example, if you already have two good A-Levels in English and French and want to retrain for a career in IT by doing A-Levels in Maths and Computing, you would not be eligible for the ALG. The new qualification must constitute progress of some sort.

The Adult Learning Grant can pay out up to £30 per week depending on the overall financial circumstances of your household. It is only available for full-time training courses, and you may be ineligible for it if you are also receiving benefits such as Income Support.

Higher Education Grants

If you’re planning on going into higher education, government support comes in the form of maintenance grants, which are intended to help with your living expenses, and Student Loans, which can defray both your living expenses and your tuition costs at the institution of learning you attend. Grants do not have to be paid back; loans do. The interest charged on the loans is equivalent to the rate of inflation, however, so in real terms, the amount you pay back is exactly the amount you borrowed.

Professional and Career Development Loan

If grants aren’t available to fund the training you have in mind, consider a loan. The government supports something called Career Development Loans which can be used to help pay for job-related learning. The loan can pay either for the course fees itself, or related expenses, including living expenses, as long as they are not being supported by any other sources of public funds at the same time. Eligible training courses can last for up to two years, or three if they include a year of practical experience, and they must be offered by an organisation which appears on the official CDL register of learning providers.

You can borrow anything from £300 to £10,000. This should cover no more than 80% of your course fees, unless you have been unemployed for more than 3 months, in which case the loan can cover 100% of your course fees. Repayment must begin within one month of your course ending. The Young People's Learning Agency covers the interest payments on your behalf until then. It’s important to note that you must still repay the loan even if you don’t complete the training course for whatever reason, for example if you decide you don’t like it or your learning provider goes out of business.

Although Career Development Loans are supported by the government, they are actually administered by banks, so pop into your local bank if you want to learn more.

Government Retraining Grants – Conclusion

Few of us now have the luxury of going through life following only one career path. Periodic retraining in order to acquire new skills has become almost inevitable. Government financial assistance is available to help with some of the costs, but you will also often have to make a substantial commitment of your own.

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Hi I’m 56, been off work for 2 years with cancer. Wanting to train as gas engineer and wondered if I would be eligible for any grants to assist me. I am planning to do full time starting in February . The training is 250 miles from home so I will be staying away mon to fri. Any help or direction to find it much appreciated Thanks
Dobby - 1-Jan-21 @ 4:12 PM
I am looking looking for training course bout i need some fund to do the course
Zakaria Alzubair - 20-Dec-20 @ 8:38 PM
I have been made redundant from my firm at G4S after 25 years.I just need a bit of assistance with applying for jobs and creating a CV as I have never needed a CV in the past. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. Mob 07956 437526
Kevin - 17-Dec-20 @ 11:11 AM
I moved over to england from the iom. I live on my own and I have inky been able to get agency jobs. I want to retrain as a gas engineer but I dont know if I am entitled to go back to college or get financial support to help me retrain.
Trev - 10-Dec-20 @ 12:42 PM
I've just been made redundant after 25 years being a toolmaker, are there any grants to retrain in electrical/plumbing or hgv licence or any other support?
Ian - 3-Dec-20 @ 7:00 AM
If i wanted to retrain as an electrician through a training provider would i be able to get funding?
Aj - 4-Nov-20 @ 6:33 PM
What is the point of asking questions on here,in public forum format, if there isn't a visible reply section? Hardly confidence inspiring, is it?
Bee - 26-Oct-20 @ 2:58 PM
I have just been made redundant from gatwick airport in aviation security. I would like to either train to progress further in the security industry or retrain for something completely different could you please advise as to what I am entitled to and which way I should go to move forward with summer training and how to claim any costs that I might be entitled to
Kevsimms - 26-Oct-20 @ 1:04 PM
I am currently “at risk” of redundancy. If I am made redundant I would like to retrain in some hair and beauty services including hair extensionsand spray tanning to enable me to start my own business from home. Can I please have some information about a grant to help me with these courses.
Sarbee - 19-Oct-20 @ 10:01 PM
I'm looking at getting back to HGV1 driving. Is there any grants available to help pay for, or free training for CPC, hi-ab and moffett training ?
Boots - 19-Oct-20 @ 7:55 AM
Hi I’m looking for advice to see if any government grants available for my brother to take me on as a trainee electrician I’m over 40 have been furloughed for 6months and will probably be made redundant any advice would be welcome thanks .
None - 15-Oct-20 @ 4:01 PM
Hi, I have a Level 3 Beauty degree and I want to take a filler and Botox course so that I can start my work. Please help me how can I get a government grant?
Eli - 9-Oct-20 @ 11:07 AM
I am/wasan NDT tech, just made redundant in the Aerospace industry.I'd like to retrain or gain NVQ plumbing or another trade can I get funding for the course. Age 55
Richie - 5-Oct-20 @ 11:35 AM
I have been made redundant after 3 years within my sales role with my employer. I am 21 years old and would like to know about if I could retrain to become an electrician/plumber or get my hgv license? Is there any support I could get?
Jamie - 2-Oct-20 @ 3:19 PM
Just taken voluntary redundancy from Airportafter 21 years , would like too know how too apply for a digger or dumper truck licence s too work on building sites , or RHS wisley garden courses for part time employment
Ricky - 1-Oct-20 @ 11:04 AM
I am an aircraft engineer made redundant in August, I reapplied for my HGV class 1 license and have just received it. I cannot apply for driving jobs yet as I still have to apply for my Digi card and attend a 5 day cpc driver training course is there any grants available to help with the cost of the course.
Samtex - 29-Sep-20 @ 9:08 AM
I’m being made redundant, and am looking at doing some beauty courses and wanted further information on training grants available and how/where I can apply for these.. many thanks in advance
Pargla - 21-Sep-20 @ 1:55 PM
I am currently a Ultrasonic Tester level 2. I want to pursue my level 3 exams. Is this something that I covered by the scheme. Thanks
J - 16-Sep-20 @ 2:51 PM
Speak to national careers advice line. Ask for an appointment with local centre. You needask for funding from rapid response to redundancy.
Iron Mike - 9-Sep-20 @ 9:57 AM
I’m looking for support to undertake a training course
Tony - 8-Sep-20 @ 11:29 AM
I have been told that I should be able to get some help in obtaining my LGV class C licence as I have been made redundant this week. I have started paying for it off my own back, medical, theory and hazard perception have all been passed and I have booked my cpc case studies, I only need to do my training and test then my cpc modules. I do have means of paying for this myself to get it done, but obviously now being unemployed I would really appreciate any help I could get.
Kempy - 3-Sep-20 @ 7:08 PM
I would like to know if I can get funding for CPCS roller ,dumper ,and 360 excavator refresher courses, I've already had these tickets and experience of operating this plant. I've recently been released from prison and I'm trying to rebuild my life and would like to get back into work, in this field of employment. Many thanks.Alan
AJ - 31-Aug-20 @ 9:03 PM
I have just been made redundant by my employer after 17 years and would like to train to be a dog groomer and start my own business. Can I get a grant to cover training costs for a City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma?I’m 55 years old. Thank you.
Liz - 21-Aug-20 @ 7:55 AM
looking ad doing hgv 2 course looking at 1400 can govt gib Ve me a loan
Kev - 18-Aug-20 @ 3:01 PM
Today being 17/08/2020 I see that the government have very kindly closed the career development loan to new applications, so thanks very much for that. Firstly you put us all into lockdown for 4 months making it very hard for the economy to survive therefore making millions of people redundant. A career development loan was going to pay for my computer course, now I wont be able to afford to do it. Thx
gnt64a - 17-Aug-20 @ 11:54 PM
Hi I am looking to find out if there is help with GWO training.
Paul - 17-Aug-20 @ 11:27 PM
I have recently been made redundant and I was wondering if the government would help with a training course CPCS for working on construction sites I already have counterbalance forklift truck license which I paid for myself but no need the CPCS course to work safely on construction sites I have recently been made redundant and I was wondering if the government would help with a training course CPCS for working on construction sites I already have counterbalance forklift truck license which I paid for myself but no need the CPCS course to work safely on construction sites.
James - 15-Aug-20 @ 10:55 AM
I have recently been made redundant. My friend has his own business in the joinery trade and has offered to take me on but i will need to retrain in this skill. Is this something i would be able to get financial help with? Thanks.
chris - 12-Aug-20 @ 8:30 AM
I have been teaching English abroad for about 20 years and I’ve hated almost every class. I keep trying to come back to England to get a different career and each time I fail.I need retraining.Please help.Now unemployed for about 8 yrs.
Jon - 11-Aug-20 @ 6:25 PM
Hi bit confused by your mention of Career Development loans - these haven't been administered since 2019 as far as I am aware. Folk reading this need to get in touch with their local DWP advisers or careers advisers for up to date info as it will differ greatly in each part of the UK
CA - 10-Aug-20 @ 4:53 PM
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