Have you recently become unemployed or are you due to leave the UK Armed Forces? The information given below may help you to fund your personal and professional development.
Upskilling@Work is a funded operation supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
It is part of a pan-Wales operation designed to enhance skills and increase productivity in the workplace, providing opportunities for employers to gain accredited qualifications for the workforce.
The training will be part funded, the amount of funding available will depend on the size of the business.
Small business will pay 30% of the training fees
Medium sized companies will pay 40% of the training fees
Large organisations will pay 50% of the training fees
The Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Government for people living in Wales who are facing redundancy.
You can receive a training award of up to £1,500 to help you get the skills you need to land a job. You can train while you are job hunting or you can go on courses to get the skills you need even if you plan to become self-employed eventually.
Support under the ReAct scheme is available for individuals who have become unemployed in the last 3 months as a result of redundancy, are currently unemployed, and who have not been in continuous employment for 6 weeks or more since being made redundant; or
are currently under notice of redundancy; and
have not undertaken any publicly funded training since being made redundant, including the work-based learning suite of programmes.
What is available?
There are 3 elements to ReAct:
- Recruitment & Training Support
- Discretionary Award – Vocational Training
- Discretionary Award – Extra Support
Support is available for eligible applicants to increase their skills and remove barriers to learning, or returning to work. In order to ensure that this training provides the best possible chance of finding new employment, all applicants will need to have their training needs assessed by Careers Wales. Careers Wales will also advise on suitable training courses and training venues.
Under this part of the scheme the following financial support is available:
- A contribution towards agreed training up to a maximum of £1,500
- Help towards the cost of travelling to training courses
- Overnight accommodation costs, where appropriate
- A contribution towards childcare costs whilst training (subject to limits and conditions)
- Exceptional help with the cost of equipment for individuals with a learning difficulty, disability, or a work-limiting health condition
Individual Resettlement Training Costs – IRTC
If you intend to leave the Armed Forces within two years, you will be entitled to a grant of £534 that can be used towards the cost of training courses for your own personal development. You can also use this grant in conjunction with ELCs, either as payment towards the cost of a course, or to finance your personal contribution.
For more information on IRTCs and how to claim, you can read section 4 of your JSP 534 Tri-Service Resettlement Manual.
IRTCs can be used in conjunction with ELCs.
SLC – Standard Learning Credits
The Standard Learning Credits (SLC) scheme allows military personnel to claim up to £175 per financial year as contributions towards training and personal development costs.
SLCs can be used in conjunction with IRTCs.
Non-ELC training benefits
Even if you do not hold ELC learning credits, Engage Training can still assist with your training requirements.