You may be eligible to get part of full funding for your course, and related costs like travel and childcare. The help you can get will depend on a range of factors – including your personal circumstances and the course you’re doing. SecuriJobs can help you if you are looking to get back into work after a prolonged period of time, been recently made redundant or simple looking to change careers.
Professional and Career Development Loans
Professional and Career development loans are banks loans to pay for training courses that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. These loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.
How to apply?
Get in touch with the National Careers Service, they will help you find out which banks offer this loan service and order you an application. It is the decision of the bank whether you qualify for a loan.
If you are thinking of this funding option you should apply 3 months before your course starts to give the bank enough time to process you application.
Princes Trust Development Awards
You may be eligible for a grant if you are UK resident aged 14-17 still in compulsory education and do not have/are not expecting to achieve five GCSEs grades A-C (or equivalent) or 17-25 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week, or in education fewer than 14 hours a week. Things that can be funded include courses fees, interview clothing, license fee including SIA licenses and transport to your new job until you get your first pay cheque. Applicants are assessed based on availability of local funding which varies across the country. If you are eligible and funding is available in your local area you will be ask to attend an Assessment meeting prior to submitting an application for a final decision.
How to apply?
Get in touch with the Princes Trust organisation.
If you are thinking of this funding option you then please be aware the whole process can take up to 6 weeks so you should submit your application well in advance of any training plans.
ReAct can give you a training award of up to £1,500 to help you get the skills you need to land a job. You can train while you are job hunting or you can go on courses to get the skills you need even if you plan to become self employed eventually. Support under the ReAct II scheme is available for individuals who have become unemployed in the last six months as a result of redundancy, are currently unemployed, and who have not been in continuous employment for 6 weeks or more since being made redundant; or are currently under notice of redundancy; and have not undertaken any publicly funded training since being made redundant, including the work-based learning suite of programmes.
How to apply?
Get in touch with Contact Careers Wales for further advice and to make an application.
If you are thinking of this funding option it normally takes between 1-2 weeks to complete the application, once your application has been approved by the ReAct team you can begin your training.
If you are unemployed and claiming benefits:
You can usually do some part-time study without it affecting your benefits. Check with Jobcentre Plus before you start a course. Some courses, including courses to help improve reading, writing and number skills, are free. There’s a wider range of free courses available if you are on income-related benefits. Help with childcare and other costs may also be available. If you are on the Steps to Employment learning programme for adults aged 18 and over you may get an extra training payment on top of your benefit payment.
How to apply
Contact your local Jobcentre Plus for advice.
The programme provides funding for Lead Delivery Bodies within local authority areas in Wales to narrow the economic, education/skills and health gaps between our most deprived and more affluent areas.
It has three strategic objectives helping to achieve these outcomes:
- Prosperous Communities
- Learning Communities
- Healthier Communities
The programme has 52 Communities First Clusters which between them work with all of the communities which are eligible for inclusion in the programme.
How to apply
In order to check eligibility for inclusion on this program and to see what funding is available in your individual area you would need to get in touch with your local Communities First. A list of Communities First offices that are local to Secure in Security is included in the ‘Links and numbers…’ pull down.