Discretionary Learner Support Funding (DLS)

Are you planning to study a course at Achievement Training Ltd? We may be able to help you.

Studying at Achievement Training is hugely rewarding. We don’t want concerns around money holding you back.

There are a lot of different sources of funding to help you for course related costs such as childcare support, course costs, support with travel , meal allowance or any other hardship that could potentially create a barrier to your learning.

The Learner Funding Support Team is here to give you advice and the application forms you need to get started. Please make sure you give us all your details (name, address, age and course you’re planning to take). When you return your funding request form, don’t forget to provide us with supporting income evidence, as we can’t process your application without it.

 

19+ Discretionary Learner Support Fund: The fund provides financial or ‘in-kind’ help to eligible students aged 19+ as of 31 August 2017 (20+ for childcare), with a number of course-related costs. These funds are aimed at those who are most in need. This includes apprentices, if there are extreme circumstances i.e. redundancy or temporary unemployment.

To be eligible you must meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • A vulnerable bursary if you are under 25 and have an Education health and Care Plan, or are in the care system.
  • Be 19 on the 31 August of the current academic year.
  • Be a UK or EU citizen and have lived in this country for more than 3 years.
  • Be enrolled on an Education Skills Funding Agency course and have completed 4 full weeks of learning.
  • Be able to evidence job seekers allowance, Income Support, or another state benefit.
  • Be able to evidence a household income of below £21,000 per annum, if you are employed, including parents, carers or spouse (In certain circumstances, those just above this figure may still be given support).

The main elements of support are listed below and you may apply for one or more elements:

  • Childcare costs
  • Travel support
  • Tuition fee support
  • Course equipment in exceptional circumstances
  • Other hardship (Can be discussed with Learner Support Manager)

19+ Advanced Learner Loan Support Fund:  The fund provides financial or ‘in-kind’ help to eligible students aged 19+ as of 31 August 2017 (20+ for childcare), with a number of course-related costs. These funds are aimed at those who are most in need.

To be eligible you must meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen and have lived in this country for more than 3 years.
  • Have an Advanced Learner Loan approved and have completed 4 full weeks of learning.
  • Be able to evidence a household income of below £21,000 per annum, if you are employed, including parents, carers or spouse (In certain circumstances, those just above this figure may still be given support).
  • Be able to evidence job seekers allowance, income Support, or another state benefit.

The main elements of support are listed below and you may apply for one or more elements:

  • Childcare costs
  • Travel costs
  • Course equipment: (in exceptional circumstances) this is awarded to learners who are not eligible for fee remission and have to pay their own course fees. Learners eligible for this support will need to fulfil the general criteria of Discretionary Learner Support funding. You need to make provision to pay your course costs in full. There are only limited funds available.
  • Other hardship (Can be discussed with Learner Support Manager)

16 -18 Discretionary Learner Support Fund: We can offer financial support with travel costs, meal allowance and course equipment costs.

To be eligible you must meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • Are aged 16 -18 on the 31st of August of the current academic year.
  • A regular “vulnerable bursary” payment if you are in care or are a care leaver.
  • Apprentices if there are extreme circumstances i.e. redundancy or temporary unemployment.
  • Be a UK or EU citizen and have lived in this country for more than 3 years
  • Be enrolled on a recognised Education Skills Funding Agency course.
  • Have a household income of below £25,000 per annum, including parents, carers or spouse (In certain circumstances, those just above this figure may be given support).

Childcare Support :

Learners must complete a 19+ Discretionary Learner Support or 19+ Advanced Learner Loan bursary application as well as a childcare application to confirm eligibility for help with Childcare costs. Please note, your household income must be less than £21,000 to qualify for help with childcare costs unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Learners under 20 can apply for the Care 2 Learn funding. Please see the Learner Support Manager for further information.

Travel:

Assistance will be given to learners who live more than two miles from the site of the course they are attending and the financial rate will be dependent on the home address. Support is means-tested on household income below £21,000 or £25,000 if you are aged 16-18.  Attendance is checked on a regular basis and support may be stopped if a learner fails to attend the centre. Travel support payments is usually paid on a monthly basis and subject to satisfactory attendance. Other forms of payment for travel costs may be considered.

Equipment costs:

This grant is means tested and available to students whose household income is less than £21,000 (based on the financial year ending April 2017) and who can show hardship and a need for this assistance. The amount of grant you receive will depend on the particular course you will be attending. (Please note you may need to purchase items before you start the course and the grant is not guaranteed. Not all Learners may be eligible for this support.)

Under special circumstances learners may be eligible to apply for an emergency loan for domestic emergencies.

How to Apply:

Simply contact the Learner Support Funding Team to confirm whether your course is eligible for discretionary support. We will give you a written decision within 4 weeks of your application (If all required evidence has been provided).

Funding is cash limited and supplied on a first come first server basis, not all applications will be successful.

All allocations made will be subject to an appropriate attendance rate of 80% unless there is a justified reason. Attendance or submission of work failure may result in funds being withdrawn or redistributed to other applicants.

Paul Ebanks

Learner Support Manager, Achievement Training,

Norwich Union House, 2 St Andrews Cross, Plymouth, PL1 1DN

Direct line 01752 202263 – Mobile 07497 413181 – Main Reception 01752 202266

Email: paulebanks@achievementtraining.com

Useful external links:

https://childcare-support.tax.service.gov.uk/

https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn/overview

https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds