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Free Courses for Jobs

If you are aged 19+ and do not already have a level 3 qualification (equivalent to A levels or an advanced technical diploma) you can choose from over 400 free courses to help you boost your earnings or get a better job.

These courses are also available to you if you are unemployed or you earn below the National Living Wage annually (£18,525) - even if you already have a level 3 qualification.

Courses link to a large range of sectors, including accounting, digital, health and social care, construction, early years, catering, agriculture and more.

Available to:

Adults who are unemployed, earn below the National Living Wage annually (£18,525), or do not already have a level 3 qualification

Duration:

Courses vary from a few weeks to a year

Age restriction:

19+

Course type:

Classroom-based

Cost:

Free

How to apply:

Use Find a Course to find the right qualification for you. Alternatively, contact your local training provider or college.

Whether you’re looking to progress in your current industry or want to try something new, building on your existing strengths with a free qualification can help you on the path to a better job.

Gaining a level 3 qualification could boost your income by 16% and help you stand out to employers.

These qualifications are equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels


Courses Available:

There are over 400 free courses on offer linking to a wide variety of different sectors. The courses have been identified as leading to good wage outcomes or to sectors that are actively recruiting – helping to boost your job opportunities.

Subjects range from accounting or business management to qualifications in agriculture, catering, construction or early years, and more.

There is a good mix of full-time, part-time or online courses available.

These courses are flexible and vary in length, so you can find a course that fits around your other commitments.

For more information on the full range of courses available, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/find-a-free-level-3-qualification/list-of-free-level-3-qualifications-available-to-eligible-adults


Cost

Free – If you are eligible for Free Courses for Jobs, the qualification will be fully funded by the government.

You may also be able to get additional financial support to pay for childcare, travel and other costs. Speak to your course provider to find out what support is available.


Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible for Free Courses for Jobs if you’re aged 19+, live in England and one of the following applies to you:

  • You do not already have a level 3 qualification such as A levels or an Advanced Technical Diploma (and you do not have a qualification at a higher level)
  • You are unemployed
  • You earn below the National Living Wage annually (£18,525)

Depending on where you live, you may be eligible if you earn above £18,525 per year. For example, if you live in London, you are eligible if you earn below the London Living Wage. Check with your local provider to find out more.


How to Apply:

  • Use Find a Course to find the right qualification for you
  • Contact the provider of the course to apply.

You can also contact your local authority, college or independent training provider to find out more about opportunities in your area.

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