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Please note the Access funding programme has now been replaced by the ReAct Extended programme.
If you are unemployed and live within the South Wales Valleys, you could be entitled to Access funding to retrain or update your skills and improve your employment opportunities. Your next employer could also get funding towards your wages and further training.
What is Access Funding?
Access provides vocational training grants (funded by the Welsh Government) to help you update your skills and improve your employment opportunities.
You could receive:
- A vocational training grant of up to £1,500 to help you update your skills to return to work;
- Up to £200 of extra support to help remove barriers to vocational training such as childcare or transport costs.
Did You know
You are able to split the funding between multiple courses/qualifications (up to a maximum of £1500.00) and it can even help towards the costs of travelling to the courses, overnight accommodation (where appropriate), childcare and extra support.
Who is eligible?
Support under the Access scheme is available for individuals who:
1) Live in the South Wales Valleys area (within the council authorities of Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea or Torfaen)
2) Are aged 18 or over (and you are not eligible for any other programmes such as ReAct, including European Social Fund programmes)
3) Have been unemployed for 24 months or less and are registered with Jobcentre Plus
4) Do not have very much current, relevant and transferable work experience
5) Have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment as a result of engaging with the Programme (within 6 months)
How do I apply?
Contact us we will put you in contact with of our Access Funding training advisers to discuss your preferred courses in greater detail and outline your next steps. If you are then happy to proceed, we will help complete your funding paperwork and be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have.
Speak to one of our Access funding training advisers today. Contact us by phone, webchat or email to arrange an appointment.
What courses can I do?
There is a large number of training courses available under the Access training programme, from a range of specialist training providers. Your Careers Wales adviser will be able to help point you in the right direction to find a suitable course and training provider for your learning requirements.
At NILC, we specialise in IT and Project Management and offer over 500 courses and certifications. A few examples of the skills and qualifications we can help you with are:
Did You know
For some of our Access funded courses we offer discounted training bundles, allowing you to complete multiple courses and maximise your £1500.00 training grant. Please speak to one of our team members to find out about our latest training offers.
Have a question about Access funded training courses? Speak to one of our learning advisers today.
How can I attend my courses?
Our priority is to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for all our delegates and to ensure nothing stands in your way of your developing your career. As a result we offer a range of flexible training options, allowing you to pick your preferred learning method.
Our classroom training courses allow you to learn and interact face-to-face with our expert instructors in a comfortable and modern training environment. All of our classroom based courses come with the IT and physical equipment you need and take place at one of our learning venues.
All classroom courses currently have additional safety procedures in place, such as reduced delegate capacity, hand-sanitising stations, staggered start and finish times and one-way systems (where available) to ensure our learning environments remain safe and provide the same high-quality learning experience for you.
Our virtual training courses allow you to access live training from the same expert instructors that deliver our face-to-face courses, without leaving the comfort of your home or office. All virtual-live courses follow the exact same format as our classroom courses and learners will be able to interact in real-time with our trainers and other course delegates.
Did You know
We limit the number of delegates that attend our classroom and virtual courses to ensure you receive a focused and personalised training experience.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)
What is Access funding?
The Access programme provides a package of support to people who live within the South Wales Valleys, to help people retrain or update their skills and improve their employment opportunities. The programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government (WG).
How do I apply for Access funding?
Access has now been replaced the Welsh Governments ReAct Extended programme. If you wish to apply for the ReAct Vocational Training grant, you first need to see a Careers Adviser at your local Careers Wales office. Once Careers Wales have given you your application pack, you can send this to us at [email protected], and one of our ReAct training advisers will complete the relevant forms with the courses you wish to complete. If you wish to speak to us at any point during the application process, please call 01633 256482.
How much funding can I receive from Access?
The Access grant can provide up to a maximum of £1,500 for you to attend training courses in order to gain new skills and qualifications.
Am I eligible for the Access grant?
The Access grant is funded by the Welsh Government for individuals living in the South Wales Valleys areas (i.e. Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea or Torfaen), and;
1) Are aged 18 or over (and you are not eligible for any other programmes such as ReAct, including European Social Fund programmes)
2) Have been unemployed for 24 months or less and are registered with Jobcentre Plus
3) Do not have very much current, relevant and transferable work experience
4) Have a reasonable chance of being ready for employment as a result of engaging with the Programme (within 6 months)
Can I split the grant across multiple courses
Yes. The Access training grant can be used on any number of courses, up to a maximum of £1500. You can also split the grant between multiple training providers.
Do Access funded courses include VAT?
No. As the Access grant is Welsh Government funded, all training courses which are being funded using the grant will exclude VAT up to the maximum amount of £1500. If your course costs go above the £1500 grant this will be eligible for VAT.
What if my courses cost more than the Access grant?
If the courses you want to take cost more than the £1500 ReAct grant, you will pay the remaining balance yourself to your chosen training provider. No payments should be made to your training provider until you have received confirmation from Access that your application has been approved. Please note any additional amounts above the £1500 grant are eligible for VAT.
Is Access funding available if I am on furlough?
If you’re on furlough you can’t access the Access retraining fund. There are however other funding sources available for people on furlough. Please contact us to find out more information regarding this funding.
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Mr Stacey | Access Learner
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All quoted prices are exclusive of VAT for consumers who pay no VAT or can recover VAT. The current rate of VAT is 20% for consumers that are required to pay VAT. All course bookings are subject to availability.