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Government Grants for Retraining

By: Paul Geraghty - Updated: 28 May 2020 | 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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Can i get funding for hgv class 2 training as I'm a coach driver and ,due to the pandemic, have no work
Martin - 28-May-20 @ 2:44 PM
Hi I think I will be made redundant in a few weeks time. Is there any governmentfunding available to me for training courses etc to help me get back into work if I am forced to change my vocation, as I think I will be? Thanks in advance
Pete - 26-May-20 @ 7:44 PM
I'm thinking of doing my HGV lisence.Is there and help I can get with funding
Cc - 21-May-20 @ 10:32 AM
Hi I was made redundant last year, then went self employed but now I have no work can I get a refresher on one of my qualifications as I have been offered a job, but I can not afford the course. Can I get help? Kind regards Georgie
Georgie - 13-May-20 @ 9:16 PM
I like to be a lorry driver is there any funding for lgv driving. Iv passed my theory and hazard and cpc case studes test. Just the practical driving I need to pass. Then cpc 35 hour training
Wilkes35 - 9-May-20 @ 3:13 PM
I’m looking at training in the diving industry both as an instructor and a technician with a view to starting a business in the long term what financial support is the out there I have a bad credit history which is hindering my options many thanks
Squid - 25-Apr-20 @ 12:19 PM
Could I get a grant to retrain for change of career if I'm already in employment?
Dips - 22-Jan-20 @ 4:33 PM
If i get laid off from job will i be able to get a course paid for through the jobcentre
Baldy - 22-Jan-20 @ 1:17 PM
Would I be able to get a grant for re training on a 360 excavator not long been out of work
Cav - 20-Nov-19 @ 2:39 PM
Hi would I be able to qualify for a help with retraining if I get made redundant?l am looking at retraining as a hgv driver and would like to know what my options are . Thank andy
andy - 12-Nov-19 @ 3:30 PM
My son took voluntary redundancy in June this year, is paying for himself to train to become a gas fitter, is he eligible to access any funding for this
Kayak - 2-Oct-19 @ 4:40 PM
I have turned 60 and as I am unable to retire I need to retrain. I have been a self-employed gardener for the past 30 years and want to do a Tefl/tesol course.It's an intensive four week course and I will not have any income to support me through October and November.Am I eligible for a grant?
Neeny - 30-Sep-19 @ 2:53 PM
How to get a grant as I’m 40 lol and want to start a dog groom business.
Sharpy - 31-Aug-19 @ 2:35 AM
How do I apply for a government grant iv been serch in all over and can seem to find anything to apply. I'm intrested in getting into lorry driving I don't work on universal credit. Iv payed for my medical I have provisonal cat c licence passed my theory and hazard and cpc case studes. Just need help with practical driving and practical deminstration
Ian34 - 29-Aug-19 @ 1:52 PM
Have been made redundant and have reluctantly just made a claim for universal credit. Is it possible to get financial help for PRINCE2 training? Struggling to find the answer online.
Tracir - 3-Aug-19 @ 1:10 PM
Hi....my son was made redundant from JLR at Solihull as part of the job losses announced earlier this year.He has since decided to go back to university and do a masters degree in Quantity Surveying.Is there any government grant or financial support he may be entitled to? Many thanks
Sang - 15-Jul-19 @ 12:08 PM
Hi I have experience in driving positions, however I am looking to further my career by working as a HGV driver. At the moment I am unemployed and am really struggling to find a job despite applying numerous times a day. I am not in receipt of any benefits so would I be eligible for a government fund to pay the cost of the HGV licence Kind Regards Carl Forrest
Carl - 8-Apr-19 @ 11:37 AM
I have had to have 2 months off work due a a stress related problem. I work as a HGV 1 driver and work alone alot. As I have previously worked quite extensively as an RAF Medic, Senior Auxilliary Nurse, ECG Tech and Flight Nursing Attendant(RAF), my GP suggested that I use my knowlege and train to be an ambulance technition or paramedic. To do so would mean a £10k pa drop in pay. Is there any financial assistance I could get to start me off. Any advice would be gratefully appreciated.
Tony - 2-Apr-19 @ 10:33 PM
I'm asking for a friend whose on esa . Theyre desperate to get back into work but has a criminal record so Is struggling. He wants to go and learn a trade like plumbing or electronics . What help is there . Can he can get a grant or loan to pay 100 per cent of the course as he's on a low income and all his esa goes on paying to live in his flat .
Helen - 2-Apr-19 @ 3:37 PM
My earlier comment was ment to has said I passed my jcb test but want funding for a 360 excavater as I can drive then much easier can somone help me please?
Sam - 17-Mar-19 @ 10:15 AM
HI I've been unemployed/I'll for over 6 years about 17 year ago I passed my job test but I'm better driving a 360 excavater can I get funding for this course as I'm desperate to get back to work and this would be ideal for the rest of my life I'm 44 receiving jobseekers allowance I want my life back!!!
Sam - 17-Mar-19 @ 10:11 AM
I need to get a CSCS CARD, a SMSTS CERTIFICATE AND A FIRST AID TICKET, the thing late I have no money. I am on ESA, Being offered lots. Of work as I would love to go back to work, How can I get a loan or grants to get these tickets? I have 25 years experience in project management construction.
None - 18-Jan-19 @ 3:38 PM
I had a very bad accident at work and was left with life changing spinal injuries so am now disabled. I have always done driving or Labour intensive jobs. I need to get back into full time workbut will have to're train.I would like to get into the Health and Safety sector but it's expensive. Any ideas or help most welcome!
Dranners - 15-Jan-19 @ 2:22 AM
hi i was made reduntant 2 years ago is there any grants or loans to help with a dog grooming course and to help to set up own buisness afterwards
kate - 4-Dec-18 @ 10:09 AM
hi iv been unemployed for about 2 years and i want to retrain as a dog groomer as this is in high demand is there any grants or loans that might help me with this course work and to set up own buisness after
kate - 4-Dec-18 @ 10:07 AM
hi, I recently finished my maternity but I cant go back to work as shifts start at 3am and its not possible with the baby. I am looking for courses in permanent make up. Can job centre help with that? Are there any grands available to pay for it?
ann - 29-Aug-18 @ 10:44 PM
I have recently been made redundant and would like to retrain for my class 2 as I know employers are crying out for more class two drivers
Meats - 12-Aug-18 @ 10:36 PM
I need to do icats certificate for an industrial painting job, I have 15 years experience but no certificate, been made redundant can I get help.
Ray - 22-Jul-18 @ 4:02 PM
I've been offered a job driving a class 2 but need retraining.can I getgovernmentfunding for this .I have been in and out of work for the past 3 yrs
Shaun - 13-Jul-18 @ 11:03 PM
Jen - Your Question:
I was made redundant in January from an office job. I decided to retrain as a plumber and started a course in March. Can I get any help with paying for the course?

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