DID YOU KNOW? ……. anyone can now access hundreds of fully-funded courses to gain a level three qualification as part of the National Skills Fund.
The courses aim to help you gain the valuable skills you need to improve your job prospects, support economic recovery and boost the supply of skills that your employer may require.
From April 2022, the courses are available to any adult aged 19 and over who wants to achieve their first full level three qualification, which is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or two full A levels.
Those aged 19 to 23 are also able to access any additional qualifications made available through this offer for free via the adult education budget.
Those who already have a level three qualification or higher, but earn below the National Living Wage annually (£18,525 from April 2022) or are unemployed can also access these qualifications for free. This is regardless of any qualifications you already have. If you don’t already have a level three qualification, regardless of how much you earn or your employment status, you are still eligible.
- health and social care
- business management
- accounting and finance
- public services
- medicine and dentistry.
The level three adult offer is part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced by the Prime Minister in September 2020. This offer is a long-term commitment to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults looking for their first level three qualification so that they can access training to enable them to progress.
Further details of the free courses and qualifications available including details on how individuals can apply can be found on the government website and the Skills For Life campaign website.