Funding For Training

We work with a number of partners to secure funding for some the training programmes we deliver. We can help you make sense of the funding streams available and identify the most appropriate funding for the training you wish to access. It’s important to say that we don’t make the rules or have eh final say over the eligibility of a learner.



Apprenticeship Funding

Funding for Levy Paying Employers

Do you have a salary bill of more than £3 million? 

You will contribute 0.5% of your annual salary bill into the apprenticeship levy. The 0.5% will be paid through a payroll tax. Funding can be used to train up existing staff (including graduates), or to recruit apprentices of any age. Funding can be used to up-skill employees (including graduates), or to recruit apprentices of any age. You can access your funds through an online digital account. These funds will expire after 24 months. For every £1 that enters your digital account you will get £1.10 to spend through a 10% top-up from the government.

Education & Skills can work with you to maximise the effectiveness of your levy pot. We’ll put together a organisational wide training plan based on your levy contributions and developmental requirements.

Co-Funding for Non-Levy Paying Employers

Do you have more than 50 employees and a salary bill of less than £3 million? 

The government will contribute 90% of your training costs, you will contribute the final 10%. Funding can be used to train up existing staff (including graduates), or to recruit apprentices of any age. You may be eligible for a cash payment towards the training, depending on the Apprentices age and additional needs.

Employers with 50 employees or fewer

Do you have less than 50 employees and a salary bill of less than £3 million? 

You won’t make any contribution to the apprenticeship levy. All training will be fully funded by the government for 16-18 year olds and 90% for 19+ Apprentices, you will contribute the final 10%. Payment can be made in monthly instalments. Funding can be used to up-skill employees (including graduates), or to recruit apprentices of any age. You may be eligible for a cash payment towards the training.

Additional Funding

As an employer you can receive a payment towards the additional cost associated with training if, at the start of the apprenticeship, the apprentice is: 

  • aged between 16 and 18 years old (or 15 years of age if the apprentice’s 16th birthday is between the last Friday of June and 31 August) 
  • aged between 19 and 24 years old and has either an EHC plan provided by their local authority or has been in the care of their local authority

Advanced Learner Loans

How the funding works

You can apply for an Advanced learner loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.  Loan eligibility doesn’t depend on your income and there are no credit checks. Check if you’re Eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.


You’ll have to pay your loan back when both the following apply:  

  • You’ve finished your course 
  • You earn more than £21,000 per year

Who’s eligible

Whether you qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on your age and nationality or residency status You must be 19 or older on the first day of your course.   

You must usually:  

  • be living in the UK on the first day of your course or have been living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course
  • Be a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)  

You may also qualify if you’re: 

  • a UK national, or someone with settled status, but you live somewhere else in the European Economic Area (EEA) 
  • an EU national or a family member of one 
  • not a UK national but you’ve lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of your life) 
  • a refugee 
  • a migrant worker 
  • the child of a Swiss national 
  • the child of a Turkish worker

How you pay back your loan

Repayments start the April following the completion of your course.  You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £21,000 a year. Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £21,000 a year.  Your annual repayment amount will be 9% of any income you earn over £21,000. Example  Your monthly repayments would be: • £7 a month – if you earned £22,000 a year • £30 a month – if you earned £25,000 a year  Making repayments  Your employer will work out your repayments and take them out of your salary with your tax.  

If you’re self employed, you make repayments as part of your Self Assessment tax return.  You can pay some or all of your loan at any time without an extra charge.  

Leave or change your course  

You’ll have to pay back any money that’s been paid to your college or training provider (plus interest) if you leave or change your course after 2 weeks or more.  The interest rate will be the rate of inflation.  Speak to your college or training provider to see if they can transfer the loan to another course.

Other available funding

First Level 3 Entitlement

First Level 3 Entitlement  If you're aged between 19 to 23 you're entitled to have your first Level 3 qualification fully-funded. In practice this means that you'll be able to access funding funding for any of the Level 3 courses we deliver as long as you have yet to achieve a Level 3 qualification, an A-Level for example.

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Through our partnership with New College Swindon we're able to access HEFCE funding for our students undertaking appropraite courses such as HNC's or HND's. This funding comes in the form of a student loan via Student Finance England. To find out more about how this funding works please visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

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