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Free Courses For Jobs

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.

The government’s National Skills Fund programme has created new opportunities for adults who are unemployed, earn below the National Living Wage annually (£18,525), or do not already have a level 3 qualification. You must be aged 19 or over to access funded full-time learning.

We are expecting the government to continue offering the National Skills Fund programme for eligible courses starting in September 2023, but we are still waiting for confirmation. We will update this page as soon as they issue a statement.

Do you have a question about the National Skills Fund? Do you want to find out if you’re eligible? Maybe you want to learn more about the courses available? We’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know, including how to apply for a place on one of our funded courses.

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What is the National Skills Fund?

The National Skills Fund scheme aims to help adults back into training after many have found work dry up or competition for jobs too fierce, as a result of the pandemic. 

The fund will help eligible adult learners access government funded level 3 courses. By offering funded training and qualifications in areas such as healthcare, engineering, education and more, adults can gain higher level skills, ready to move into the workplace.

Who is Eligible for Free Courses as part of the National Skills Fund?

To be eligible for free training as part of the National Skills Fund, you’ll need be over the age of 19 and meet either of the following criteria:

  • You must not already have a Level 3 qualification, even if it’s in an unrelated subject to the one you want to study (equivalent to at least two A Levels, or a Level 3 vocational qualification).
  • From April 2022, any adult in England earning under the National Living Wage annually (£18,525) will be able to access these qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level.

Which courses are offered as part of the National Skills Fund?

Courses that will be funded for eligible adult applicants are below:




Catering and Hospitality

Computing and Office Technologies

Construction and Electrical

Early Years and Education

Engineering and Automotive

Public Services


A Levels

There are a limited number of A Levels that are also available under the National Skills Fund.

Ready to apply? Find out how to join us now

Upon completion of your application we’ll contact you and make arrangements for your enrolment onto the course(s) you’ve chosen, ready for you to start.

If you don’t have the capacity to fit a full-time course into your schedule, the College also offers a full range of part-time courses for adults.

This includes online courses and options in community venues across Nottingham (see individual course listings for any funding that may be available for the part-time options). 

For more information, please contact us on 0115 9 100 100.