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Ful­ly fund­ed cours­es avail­able for those aged 19 and over

The government’s Nation­al Skills Fund pro­gramme has cre­at­ed new oppor­tu­ni­ties for adults aged 19 and 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, Automotive and Electrica

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.