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Government Grants for Retraining

By: Paul Geraghty - Updated: 31 Aug 2019 | 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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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?

Our Response:
The link here may help you further.
RedundancyExpert - 12-Jul-18 @ 3:24 PM
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?
Jen - 11-Jul-18 @ 2:35 PM
Davey - Your Question:
Hi im on long term sickness benefit but I want to start training in wall and floor tiling so I can get into work and get off this benefit but the price of this training is from £2500 to £3000 are there and funding schemes to help me pay for this. The job centre dont seem to help.

Our Response:
A career development loan may help, please see link here .
RedundancyExpert - 29-Jun-18 @ 12:07 PM
Hi im on long term sickness benefit but I want to start training in wall and floor tiling so I can get into work and get off this benefit but the price of this training is from £2500 to £3000 are there and funding schemes to help me pay for this. The job centre dont seem to help.
Davey - 26-Jun-18 @ 12:45 PM
It’s all a load there is no help for disabled people if you need to retrain because of a disability you’re pretty much buggered because this government will not and don’t want to help
niknak201323 - 20-May-18 @ 12:18 PM
Matureworker - Your Question:
I am 58 years of ageI have worked in IT for 28 yearsAnd now I cannot get a job because of my ageBefore that I was an apprentice electrician for 15 years and would very much like to return to the trade as there is an acute shortage of qualified electriciansBut I will need to retrain and that will cost upwards of 5000 poundsIs there any government help I can get to help me move back into the electrical industry?

Our Response:
You would have to speak to JobCentre Plus directly regarding this matter. Please also see the gov.uk link here .
RedundancyExpert - 15-Feb-18 @ 3:43 PM
I am 58 years of age I have worked in IT for 28 years And now I cannot get a job because of my age Before that I was an apprentice electrician for 15 years and would very much like to return to the trade as there is an acute shortage of qualified electricians But I will need to retrain and that will cost upwards of 5000 pounds Is there any government help I can get to help me move back into the electrical industry?
Matureworker - 13-Feb-18 @ 9:45 PM
Cyle drew - Your Question:
Hi so here my story I was diagnosed at 24 I'm now 27 with life long uc ulcerative colitis 150 cases in a possible 100,000 of the world's population I might add as of facts takeing in 2010 so it's a Very rare illness I've now been on ssp from my employer for 10.2 months and have applied for esa and will be apply for pip doctors and ibd consultant have said that my job and jobs like it are not good for my illness I should consider a desk job ect as there anything I can do I technical I'm class as someone with disability and as pointed out in recent new only 6% of UK people with a disability or illness are In working positions and company and govement need to do more to support these types of people in a workplace so my question is are there currently and ways of me retraining and getting qualifications for a new job or is it something I'll have to get fDWP to do thanks in advanced

Our Response:
Unfortunately, this is something you would have to talk to your local Jobcentre Plus about, or your employer directly to see whether your employer can offer you an alternative position. The situation is improving in this area, with many people being able to access flexible working. We wish you the best of luck in finding a position that suits you better.
RedundancyExpert - 12-Feb-18 @ 9:31 AM
Hi so here my story I was diagnosed at 24 I'm now 27 with life long uc ulcerative colitis 150 cases in a possible 100,000 of the world's population I might add as of facts takeing in 2010 so it's a Very rare illness I've now been on ssp from my employer for 10.2 months and have applied for esa and will be apply for pip doctors and ibd consultant have said that my job and jobs like it are not good for my illness I should consider a desk job ect as there anything I can do I technical I'm class as someone with disability and as pointed out in recent new only 6% of UK people with a disability or illness are In working positions and company and govement need to do more to support these types of people in a workplace so my question is are there currently and ways of me retraining and getting qualifications for a new job or is it something I'll have to get fDWP to do thanks in advanced
Cyle drew - 11-Feb-18 @ 9:52 AM
Would I get any financial help to sit a minibus driving license course? I've been getting careers allowance for my son for 13yr and keen to get back into employment. This is something ive been looking to do for a few years
Magz - 4-Feb-18 @ 9:53 PM
Playgirl - Your Question:
I've been out of work now for 5 years and I wanting to do my hgv can I get help for funding this please

Our Response:
You would have to check directly with the JobCentrePlus.
RedundancyExpert - 26-Jan-18 @ 2:21 PM
I've been out of work now for 5 years and I wanting to do my hgv can I get help for funding this please
Playgirl - 23-Jan-18 @ 10:24 AM
Betsyboo1 - Your Question:
Hi I've been on long term sickness benefit esa, I want to start training for dog grooming but worried about benefits and rent, I know my esa will be affected but I also need funding to go forward any advice please I'm 58 no dependants

Our Response:
You may be able to get New Enterprise Allowance to help you: start your own business or develop your business, if you’re already self-employed. Please see gov.uk link here.
RedundancyExpert - 19-Jan-18 @ 2:20 PM
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