National Skills Fund

The National Skills Fund aims to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects and support the economy.

What is the National Skills Fund?

The government is investing £2.5 billion in the National Skills Fund. The National Skills Fund will help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects. It will support the immediate economic recovery and future skills needs by boosting the supply of skills that employers require.

Free Level 3 Qualifications for Adults

Any adult aged 19 and over, who does not already have a level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels) or higher, can access hundreds of fully funded level 3 courses.

This offer is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs. It represents a long-term commitment to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults looking for their first level 3 qualification so that they can access training to enable them to progress.

Courses are available in a variety of lengths, to support adults to get the skills they need to boost their careers. Learners may be able to get help to pay for childcare, travel and other costs.

19 to 23 year olds can also access additional courses for free through their legal entitlement to a first full level 3 qualification.