Up until now, unemployed adults have had to have been on benefits to receive full funding for education courses.
But the radical adult education budget has opened the door to a huge number of other adults on low wages.
It is a one year trial and applies to those who earn less than the Social Mobility Commission’s low-pay threshold.
This news is huge for learners on English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses, who typically take low-paid jobs while they upskill themselves.
Under current rules, learners can be fully funded if they “receive jobseeker’s allowance, including those receiving national insurance credits only, receive employment and support allowance and are in the work-related activity group”.
You can also be fully funded if you receive universal credit or other state benefits, and earn “either less than 16 times the appropriate age-related rate of the national minimum wage / national living wage a week, or £338 a month (individual claims) or £541 a month (household claims)”.
For more information visit adult education budget (AEB) funding rules 2018 to 2019 (opens in new tab)
PLEASE NOTE: This funding is only available on certain courses, full-cost course are still full-cost. You may have the opportunity to use this waiver against courses that are funded and you will be required to bring in evidence to confirm your eligibility in order to access the waiver.