From today (1 April 2021) eligible adults will be able to take courses and qualifications free of charge as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee offer in England.
The Lifetime Skills Guarantee was first announced in September 2020 as a way to help people boost their employability, seek better jobs and improve the economy in a post-Covid era. Backed by £95 million in government funding in 2021/22, an estimated 11 million adults in England without an A-level or equivalent qualification will be able to take fully-funded college courses under this scheme. There are around 400 qualifications available in a range of sectors, including Level 3 courses in early education and childcare. See the full list of available Level 3 qualifications here, which will be updated as more courses become available.
Later this Spring the Government will be announcing further Skills Bootcamps as part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, for those aged 19 and over to build up their skills and improve job prospects.
We encourage our members to look into this scheme which may be of benefit to themselves or staff members.
PACEY has partnered with national training provider The Childcare Company to expand the range of high quality training and qualifications available to members including the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-based Childcare (HBCA) which is a regulated qualification and contains criteria that can be mapped to the Early Years Educator Qualification. Find out more about the courses on offer here including the Level 3 award listed in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.