New grant for adult learners

Article posted: 12.08.2023

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Thousands of young adults starting college courses this autumn could get a new weekly grant to help meet the costs of improving their qualifications.

The Government is trialling the new Adult Learning Grant in ten parts of England as part of its drive to improve the nation's skills base. It will offer an allowance of up to 30 per week to people who are aged 19 to 30, on low incomes and studying full time for a first full level 2 qualification (five GCSEs or equivalent) or for a first level 3 qualification (two A-levels or equivalent).

The pilot scheme will help up to 12,000 people, rising to 60,000 if the Government decides it should go nationwide. This will link to the introduction of free learning for any adult to help them achieve a full level 2 qualification, unveiled in the Skills Strategy last month.

Launching the scheme, Minister for Skills and Vocational Education Ivan Lewis said:
"The Adult Learning Grant is not a handout but a hand up to get low-skilled adults learning and earning. It will open up opportunities for low skilled, low income young adults to gain key skills and qualifications which will help improve their employment prospects and provide a route to a better life.

"The Adult Learning Grant is a crucial element in our far-reaching Skills Strategy that will put the nation firmly on track to the high value, high skills economy we need to compete in the global marketplace."

People can call 0800 100 900 to find out more about the grants. The pilot areas are Bedfordshire and Luton, The Black Country, County Durham, Devon and Cornwall, Humberside, Lancashire, Leicestershire, London West, Shropshire and South Yorkshire.

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