The Free Courses for Jobs offer, which was launched in April 2021, gives eligible adults the chance to access their first Level 3 qualification for free. In addition, from April, any adult in England who is earning under the National Living Wage or is unemployed, will also be able to access these qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level. The Greater London Authority, alongside the Mayoral Combined Authorities, will also be able to adapt its low wage criteria to meet local need.
The list provides details of level 3 qualifications that are free if you are aged 19 or over and do not already have a level 3 qualification. A full level 3 qualification is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or 2 A levels. The list will be updated as more qualifications are added. To find a provider in your area, see the list of colleges and training providers able to offer free places for level 3 qualifications. Not all qualifications are offered by all providers. Information on how to apply including the eligibility criteria is also available. If you’re 19 to 23 years old you can also access additional qualifications for free. If you’re in this age group, contact your local college or the National Careers Service for further information.
George Swann FIS Skills and Training Lead said: ‘This offer includes people in employment, so employers may wish to take advantage and get the existing workforce qualified.’