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Government Grants for Retraining

By: Paul Geraghty - Updated: 12 Aug 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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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
I am currently unemployed at the moment and am looking to do some courses for getting back offshore.How do I go about thisand who can I get in touch with for help. Thanks Stephen
Steve - 10-Aug-20 @ 2:21 PM
I’ve been made redundant from working offshore and I would like to do some training courses that will help me get employment offshore again.I’ve been unemployed now for more than Five months
Steve - 10-Aug-20 @ 2:17 PM
Maybe mobile dog grooming service, but I will need to retrain and I expect costs, So would I be able to get a grant etc ? Thanks
Rup - 5-Aug-20 @ 5:16 AM
Dismissed from my fixed route HGV class 1 job after 11 years with the same company due to having Anxiety, Now unemployed since June 2020. . Looking for another hgv role but in a class 2 but with anxiety I am limited to what I can do. Need to retrain but no idea where to look or what to do. I can only get jobseekers till October as not paid enough in.
Rup - 5-Aug-20 @ 5:13 AM
just come out pub trade looking at doing 360 digger training gonna cost 1560 plus vat .I dnt have any thing towards this cost
Mandy - 30-Jul-20 @ 2:54 PM
hi I've just been made redundant from my job as a coach driver and I am looking for a class 2 licence is there any funding available for training in South Wales
William - 25-Jul-20 @ 1:32 PM
hi I've been made redundant this week as a coach driver and there is no workout there . But looks like there's plenty of work for class 1and2drivers is there any funding available to help with getting a licence
William - 25-Jul-20 @ 1:30 PM
I have recently been made redundant from oil and gas offshore drilling I have two training certs that have run out and need renewed for getting work again within another company is there funding available . Thanks
Jamie - 23-Jul-20 @ 11:45 AM
Looking to retrain after being made Redundant from the oil industry. Looking to do a hnc in mechanical engineering. Is this something you would Consider Thanks Greg Stevenson
Gregs - 23-Jul-20 @ 12:30 AM
Hello , I have been made redundant due to Covid 19 and applying for new work , is thereany help with courses such as NPTC cross cut chainsaw as I will need this to get back into my line of work, thanks for your help in advance
Jason - 20-Jul-20 @ 5:24 PM
Sorry supposed to say gas not has..cheers
Dp100 - 17-Jul-20 @ 2:48 PM
I’ve been working on electric meters for about 15yr and have recently been made redundant (COVID) all new metering positions require you to be has qualified, which I don’t have. Would I be eligible for my training to be paid for this else I’ll have to restart in a new environment and I’m almost 50 not really looking for a complete new career. Any ideas? Cheers
Dp100 - 17-Jul-20 @ 2:47 PM
Is there any assistance I could get with trying to gain my HGV licence.
Nath - 17-Jul-20 @ 7:39 AM
My certs for windfarm have run out due to covid 19 and can't get a job till renewed
Scotty - 14-Jul-20 @ 6:01 PM
I want to retrain in the driving industry ie hgv 1 and 2 or psv how do i go about getting help.to.do this as im due to be made redundant at the end of july and need to.get going asap
shane 1069 - 10-Jul-20 @ 4:08 PM
Hi I have recently been made redundant as a forklift driver, I would like to retrain to be able to drive 7.5 tonne wagons and HGV, would I qualify for help to do a course to get my class 2? I live in County Durham
Ste - 9-Jul-20 @ 4:01 PM
Hello I am currently receiving universal credit as I was a coach driver but due. To covit19 there is no work sadly I was wanting to retrain as a hgc class 2 driver is there any funding I can access in the Sunderland area thanks ??
Neil - 23-Jun-20 @ 10:03 AM
Being made redundant at the end of July. Is there any funding to d my class 1&2 driver training.
lkel123 - 5-Jun-20 @ 5:24 PM
I've just been classified as disabled an due to my disability can no longer do my my job so was wanting to know if there's help out there to retrain in a job I would b able to do
sean - 3-Jun-20 @ 4:06 PM
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
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