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.

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans set at a competitive interest rate that learners aged 18 years or over can use to help pay for learning and skills training. For more information click here.

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 are available for young people aged 16-19 and for young people with Learning Difficulty Assessments up to an academic age of 25. The Government will look to extend traineeships to young people aged up to 24 in due course. For more information click here.

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