National Skills Fund update

More learners are now eligible for a fully funded Level 3 qualification through the National Skills Fund.

The Government has announced that from April 2022, more learners will be eligible for a free Level 3 course under the National Skills Fund. 

Further Education colleges and selected training providers are now able to offer the fully funded Level 3 qualifications to anyone aged 19+ in England earning under the National Living Wage annually (£18,525), regardless of their prior qualification level.

This will markedly increase the number of learners eligible for this funding, as previously only those aged 24+ without a prior Level 3 qualification could access this financial support for their studies. 

The following Online and On Campus qualifications are eligible for learners wanting to make use of this funding: 

  • AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • AAT Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping
  • CMI Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership

On this announcement, Mindful Education’s Director of Education and Partnerships, Raj Kumaran said:

“We are delighted that the Government is taking steps to improve access to Level 3 qualifications, especially for those who are currently unemployed or on a low wage. Adults who are looking to reskill and change careers, but who already hold a Level 3 qualification or higher, will also now benefit from this funding.

Following the pandemic, and with the “future of work” at the forefront of many minds, we are looking forward to seeing how this scheme will positively impact learners and employers alike.”

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