Education and Skills Funding Agency is responsible for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency(ESFA) brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults. ESFA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Education.

Further education courses and funding

You may be able to get help with the costs of:

  • your course
  • day-to-day living costs
  • childcare

depending on your circumstances and the subject you’re studying.

This allows people over 19 the opportunity to complete a course without having to pay for tuition fees. For more information, click here.

Learner Support scheme can be used to help students with the costs of further education – such as course fees, childcare and transport costs. For more information click here.

The fund is for those in greatest need, such as students with disabilities, learning disabilities, those leaving care and those on probation. If you are a student and would like to find out more, contact the Student Support Officer at the college or learning provider that you are currently attending.

The Professional and Career Development Loan scheme is now closed for new applications.

A complete list od financial support for students is avilailable at this link.

Find an Apprenticeship allows you to register your profile, search vacancies and apply for an apprenticeship - you must be 16 or over For more information click here.

Traineeships support young people to develop the skills they need to secure and succeed in employment, including apprenticeships. They last between six weeks and six months, and combine work experience with skills training.

To search and apply for traineeships follow this link.

For more information on traineeships go to this page on My Advice Gateway.

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