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Government Grants for Retraining

By: Paul Geraghty - Updated: 24 Jul 2017 | 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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RLMC - Your Question:
Hi, I was made redundant in April. I'm looking to do a nail technician course but the only one that starts quite soon and local is to expensive for me to be able to afford. Is this something I could get funding for!? Thanks

Our Response:
Have you thought of applying for an apprenticeship? Please see gov.uk link here. It is unlikely you would get free funding for this as it would not be considered as having a skills shortage. Your only other option would be to take out a loan to train, but you would have to repay this.
RedundancyExpert - 25-Jul-17 @ 2:35 PM
Hi, I was made redundant in April. I'm looking to do a nail technician course but the only one that starts quite soon and local is to expensive for me to be able to afford. Is this something I could get funding for!? Thanks
RLMC - 24-Jul-17 @ 11:29 PM
BUCK - Your Question:
HiI was recently informed of a scheme called "LVP"-Low Value Provision at my local DWP office in Birmingham.I went on the Government site for further detail but can only find details for training providers. I have contacted the local DWP again but have had no response.I have rang the number on the Gov website- in Blackpool but it seems to be not in use.The scheme apparently gives claimants money to complete a short course in order to get work. The example I was given by the DWP manager was of someone who wanted to train as an HGV driver and got £6000 to learn !!My question is - is this scheme still going and what can you get funding for?Cheers IAN

Our Response:
Low Value Provision (LVP) is available via Jobcentre Plus and funded through the Flexible Support Fund which is a locally managed budget. The training and funding is available at the discretion of the Jobcentre Plus and its advisers. After assessment, if it is thought the person in receipt of benefits would benefit from a training course in order to get them back into work or fill particular vacancies then the training can be bought through Low Value Provision.We have no knowledge whether the scheme is still running - but if you have recently received confirmation it is, then you will need to continue to follow it up directly with Jobcentre Plus.
RedundancyExpert - 26-May-17 @ 11:12 AM
Hi I was recently informed of a scheme called"LVP"-Low Value Provision at my local DWP office in Birmingham. I went on the Government site for further detail but can only find details for training providers. I have contacted the local DWP again but have had no response.I have rang the number on the Gov website- in Blackpool but it seems to be not in use. The scheme apparently gives claimants money to complete a short course in order to get work. The example I was given by the DWP manager was of someone who wanted to train as an HGV driver and got £6000 to learn !! My question is - is this scheme still going and what can you get funding for? Cheers IAN
BUCK - 25-May-17 @ 4:22 PM
Hello I am currently doing van driving full time, I was wondering if there is any type of government grants/loans that would help me aquire a lgv class1-2 licence, as I know this would definitely increase my earnings capabilities. The issue I am having is I cannot afford to out right pay for the cost, as well as providing a sustainable way of living for my family. My credit rating is not very good from mistakes I made when I was younger, so I'm also unable to do a train now pay later scheme or obtain a loan from the bank. Is there any help I can get from the government or other organisations to help me to gain a new career and increase my future earnings. Any information would be incredibly useful. Thank you.
Stu - 8-May-17 @ 5:31 PM
Hi I am workingat gkn aerospacein Yeovil I would like learn new skill I have twenty years experienceforklift driver and I would like to become forkliftinstructercan you help me please
Parf - 3-May-17 @ 7:33 PM
I have been employed with a firm for 21yrs although it is seasonal work, I have just had a spell in hospital for fluids building up in my stomach, and anemic, I have been declared Fit for work from my consultant, and GP, but my company say I carnt go bk because I am still pale, I am a very big man, and due to this hospital stay, I was advised to loose weight, ( which I was happy to do, n have lost weight) but my company are saying I look to ill to return to work, because of the weight loss, so I have had to rethink my career move, ( I am 60yrs old) I have been offered the job of driving but I need a PSV license, and as I'm on uneversal credit I can not afford the £209 to apply for it, is there any help I can get from them to help me pay for this license? I am desperate to get bk to work? Thank you
Wally - 20-Apr-17 @ 8:01 PM
I was made redundant in February and have taken on work as self employed and am 38 years old. I want to go onto higher education and have applied for an access diploma. Is there a way of finding out if I am eligible for student loans to cover the tuition fees of a full time course?
Chalky - 10-Apr-17 @ 3:28 PM
I have been made redundant while on maternity leave is there any funding to help me retrain from admin to a nail technician i have just paid out £380 for an acrylic nail course but unfortunatly can not afford to keep paying out more money to gain futhur quals for the job.
Ss - 29-Mar-17 @ 4:25 PM
Hi I was made redundant In January and been informed there could be help towards retraining I'm a window fitter window and door repair I was thinking would locksmith be a course available
Si - 7-Mar-17 @ 8:54 AM
Su - Your Question:
I was made redundant last August and have applied for jobs without success. What help and support is available. I am 60 years young

Our Response:
You would have to speak with your Jobcentre Plus directly regarding this matter. Age UK has a factsheet here , and CAB here which should help you further.
RedundancyExpert - 28-Feb-17 @ 10:24 AM
I was made redundant last August and have applied for jobs without success. What help and support is available. I am 60 years young
Su - 27-Feb-17 @ 9:42 AM
Im retired and I want to train as a counsellor are there any grants available to me
Alan - 23-Feb-17 @ 6:46 PM
Dreamer - Your Question:
I want to retrain as a plumber but I work full time are there any parttime courses that are avalable and is there any financal helpPut

Our Response:
You'll need an industry-recognised qualification eg a Level 3 (NVQ) Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating. You could also take a foundation course in plumbing skills at college. This may help you to find a trainee position with a company. Please see gov.uk link here. It is highly unlikely you will find any course for free, but you could consider transferring to an apprenticeship which is paid. You may be able to do a part-time City and Guilds course as an evening class - you would have to check if your local colleges run a course to apply.
RedundancyExpert - 22-Feb-17 @ 2:29 PM
I want to retrain as a plumber but I work full time are there any parttime courses that are avalable and is there any financal help Put
Dreamer - 22-Feb-17 @ 11:43 AM
Scampi - Your Question:
Hi,I was thinking of retraining as Legal Secretary. Can I get any help from the JOb Centre for this. I was a Medical Secretary but wanted to retrain.Many thankis.

Our Response:
You would have to ask the Jobcentre Plus directly.
RedundancyExpert - 8-Feb-17 @ 11:39 AM
Kelsey - Your Question:
Can I get full funding for smsts course I'm unemployed but have supervised on to large sites but now find company's want this and first aid course certificates

Our Response:
It's a tricky situation if you need the qualification prior to joining the company. Many employers can get CITB grants or funding for employees if they are paying the levy. However, you would need to be employed. I can only suggest you approach the Jobcentre Plus to see if it has any helpful information.
RedundancyExpert - 8-Feb-17 @ 10:04 AM
Hi, I was thinking of retraining asLegal Secretary.Can I get any help from the JOb Centre for this.I was a Medical Secretary but wanted to retrain. Many thankis.
Scampi - 7-Feb-17 @ 6:34 PM
Can I get full funding for smsts course I'm unemployed but have supervised on to large sites but now find company's want this and first aid course certificates
Kelsey - 7-Feb-17 @ 1:07 AM
Hi , I was looking for funding for my hgv class 2 licence , do the government do that ?
steven - 23-Jan-17 @ 5:48 PM
Hi I wanna do course dog handler level 2and 3 but this will cost 3000 pound and am working part time I can't pay this money and I wanna take this course to work full times pls I need reply pls
Mamoo - 20-Jan-17 @ 4:35 AM
Joss123 - Your Question:
Hi I'm currently on sick soon to be off I hope is there any grants/funding available me to train to get a hgv licence out there? As when I get off the sick I have no job to go to.

Our Response:
You would have to enquire through your Jobcentre Plus regarding this matter.
RedundancyExpert - 19-Jan-17 @ 3:04 PM
Hi I'm currently on sick soon to be off I hope is there any grants/funding available me to train to get a hgv licence out there? As when I get off the sick I have no job to go to.
Joss123 - 19-Jan-17 @ 8:29 AM
hi i need to obtain a 360 excavator ticket and can't afford the full price in one hit as is over 2000 pounds. is there any help available?
help - 4-Jan-17 @ 8:26 PM
Ryan Charlesworth - Your Question:
Hi, My business has just gone bust and I am having to sign for Job seekers.I have decided to change track and retrain in cycle repairs. The course is 2 weeks and £1500. What help would be available if any?ThanksRyan

Our Response:
I can only direct you via the gov.uk site here , or speak to the JobCentre Plus directly.
RedundancyExpert - 19-Dec-16 @ 11:28 AM
Hi, My business has just gone bust and I am having to sign for Job seekers.I have decided to change track and retrain in cycle repairs. The course is 2 weeks and £1500. What help would be available if any?ThanksRyan
Ryan - 16-Dec-16 @ 3:27 PM
is there any chance of getting funding for Substance abuse and drug awareness course level 3. currently study at university of plymouth (greenwich) please kindly help if there's any organization that help topay for the cost of the course ,,,,thanks
prince - 24-Oct-16 @ 3:24 PM
Hi my response is to tiggis123. You certainly can get help whilst on the sick and there are lots of organisations out there who will support you and work around your health condition. Remploy, Shaw Trust and lots more! You are also able to get something called an advanced learner loan which can fund training like you are after, and is repayable once you are back in employment earning over 22k per yer. Hope this helps!
JobSkilla - 13-Oct-16 @ 12:52 PM
tiggys123 - Your Question:
Can you get help when on the sick to do digger license

Our Response:
It is highly unlikely you would get financial help if you are registered sick while employed.
RedundancyExpert - 11-Oct-16 @ 12:49 PM
Can you get help when on the sickto do digger license
tiggys123 - 10-Oct-16 @ 9:15 PM
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