Training Allowances

Training Allowances are paid to those undertaking an SDS Employability Fund course.  These allowances are paid instead of Bursary or EMA.  A job bonus of £50 will be paid to students who move to employment.

Young Person's Training Allowance

To be eligible, participants must be

  • aged 16-17 and not in education, employment or training
  • aged 18 and not in receipt of state benefits

The Young Person's Training Allowance is paid through the College:

  • £55 per week is paid in arrears for each full week's attendance and full participation in college or at work placement 
  • 100 per cent attendance is required 
  • Deductions will be made for unauthorised absence
  • Course materials, books, equipment and PPE (personal protective equipment) are supplied
  • Travel costs will be paid subject to a deduction of the first £3 of travel costs per week
  • Use of own transport is paid at the same rate as public transport
  • Where no public transport exists, £0.22 per mile will be paid, using Google Maps as a measure of mileage

Eligibility will be determined at interview.  If you are eligible, you do not have to apply for the training allowance.  Your details will be recorded at induction to ensure that the allowance can be paid in the week following your first attendance. 

DWP Training Allowance

To be eligible, participants must be:

  • aged 18-24, registered unemployed 3-9 months, in receipt of benefits and not participating in the Work Programme
  • aged 25+, registered unemployed 3-12 months, in receipt of benefits and not participating in the Work Programme
  • aged 18+ and unemployed under 3 months, on state benefit, not participating in the Work Programme and falling into specific categories*

*  check with College contacts re categories

The DWP Training Allowance is paid though DWP.  Applicants must check their eligibility and arrange this allowance through their DWP Advisor.

Bursary

Bursary may be available to those aged 19 years and over who are not in receipt of state benefits.  College bursaries are means tested.  For full information on Bursary eligibility and rates, please see the relevant section of the website.  Bursary application forms are available in the Advice Centre.

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