Discretionary Learner Support Funding (DLS)

If you are planning to study a course at Achievement Training we may be able to support you. We offer advice and guidance to whether you would be eligible for financial support to help you in accessing education. The fund provides financial or ‘in-kind’ help to those who are eligible and are most in need.

What can we help you with?

Course fee support

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 DLS. You need to make provision to pay your fees in full. There are only limited funds available.

Equipment costs

Support is available to help learners pay for course related materials. This grant is means tested and available to learners 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. Not all Learners may be eligible for this support.

Childcare Under 20yrs

 You can apply to Care 2 Learn

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study. You must be aged under 20yrs at the start of your course. The scheme is available for publicly-funded courses in England. (For further information contact the Learner Support Manager).

20+ Childcare

Learners 20+ or over (as of 31st August 2018), may be entitled to assistance with childcare costs. The childcare must be by an Ofsted registered provider and must be the main carer for the child/children (e.g. the partner is unable to care for them).

Travel

For learners who live more than 3 miles from Achievement Training sites or their work placement. Travel support is means tested and available to learners who can show hardship and the need for financial support.

Meal Allowance

Learners aged 16 – 19, (18yrs as of 31st August 2018), may be eligible for a meal allowance. This allowance is means tested and available to learners who can show hardship and a need for this assistance.


Eligibility

Learners may be eligible for one or more elements of support which include:


Study Program
(City College Plymouth Funded)Funding is discretionary and not all applications will be successful, funding is awarded on a first come first serve basis.

Aged 16 – 18 as of 31 August 2018 the learner must be able to demonstrate a complete household income of below £21,000 per annum (this includes the income of a partner if you live independently or parents if you live at home and are a dependant). Learners will need to complete a City College Plymouth funding form (see The Learner Support Manager for further information).

Traineeship

Aged 16 – 18 as of 31 August 2018 The learner must be able to demonstrate a complete household income of below £21,000 per annum (this includes the income of a partner if you live independently or parents if you live at home and are a dependant).

19+ Learner Support Discretionary Fund

Aged 19+ as of 31 August 2018 (20+ for childcare), with a number of course-related costs.

If the learner is employed, they must be able to demonstrate a household income of below £25,000 (£30,000 for childcare support) per annum (this includes the income of you and your partner if they live with you). In exceptional circumstances, those just above this figure may be given support.

19+ Advanced Loan Learner Support Discretionary Fund

Aged 19+ as of 31 August 2018 (20+ for childcare), with a number of course-related costs.

If the learner is employed, they must be able to demonstrate a household income of below £25,000 (30,000 for childcare support) per annum (this includes the income of you and your partner if they live with you). In exceptional circumstances, those just above this figure may be given support.

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


How to Apply

Application Form Support for Childcare

Learner Funding Application Form 2018/19 DLS

Simply talk to your tutor or Learner Support Manager to confirm whether your course is eligible for support and ask for an application form. We you will receive a decision within 4 weeks of your application.

Paul Ebanks, Learner Support, Achievement Training,

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

Reception 01752-202266/Direct line 01752-202263/Mobile 07972279847

DLS@achievementtraining.com