Shropshire County Training Website

This is the website of County Training

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01234 56789

Postal Address

County Training
Herefordshire & Ludlow College
Folly Lane

County Training

Funding for a qualification


Funding for a qualification

If you're currently out of work, we may be able to fund training or a course in order to help you secure employment once again. Eligibility for this funding will depend on your current situation and personal circumstances.

Each customer will be assessed on an individual basis and therefore we can't guarantee this funding for everyone. Please contact us and we will try our best to secure funding for you.

If you're not eligible, we may be able to support you in applying for jobs, developing your employability skills or overcoming any barriers which are currently making it difficult for you to return to work.

24+ Learning Loans

If you’re aged 24 or over and considering starting a level 3 or higher qualification to enhance your career prospects and future opportunities, you may be eligible for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your course costs.

It’s easy to apply - your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until your income is over £21,000 a year.

This loan can help you to gain further qualifications and develop your skills if you’re looking to:

  • gain employment or move into a new career
  • progress in your career field or increase job security
  • up-skill your staff

Use the links on this page to find out more.

What are the benefits?

By taking out the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan you will be able to:

  • earn qualifications which can help you to secure employment or to progress onto new career opportunities
  • develop valuable skills and knowledge that can allow you to progress within your existing career field
  • achieve a significant qualification and be in less debt than an average higher education student, who can end up with a debt of over £59,000


To be eligible for the Advanced Learning Loan you must be:

  • aged 24 or over on the first day of your course
  • living in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years before this
  • Enrolling on an eligible course at level 3 or 4 between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2015


You’ll only start making repayments when or if your income is £404 per week, £1,750 per month or £21,000 a year. 24+ Loans are backed by the government so repayments are really low, starting at less than £7 per month. Even your employer can contribute or pay it in full.

If your course finishes before 2016, repayments won’t start until April 2016.


How much can I receive?

This will depend on the course you’d like to do; the minimum loan amount is £300. You can take out a loan for the maximum amount to cover your fee or you can pay all or part of the fee yourself.

How is the loan paid?

Student Finance England will pay your agreed loan to us once they've confirmed your attendance on the course.

How many loans can I get?

Once you've completed your course, you’ll be eligible to apply for more 24+ Advanced Learning Loans (up to a total of four loans).

If you'd like to look at all the options available to you on paying for your course before choosing to take out a loan, you can get independent financial advice from the Money Advice Service.

How to apply

1/ Submit a training application to us. We'll then assess your eligibility and skill level for the qualification you're interested in.

2/ If you meet the criteria required you'll then be able to apply for the loan. We'll issue a ‘learning and funding information’ letter, which you'll need to complete your loan application.

3/ You can apply online through the website. You can also download an application form from there to apply by post.

4/ Student Finance England (SFE) will send you a letter confirming whether your loan application has been approved. Once this occurs you can then commence your qualification.

5/ When your course is completed, and once you're earning more than 21,000 a year, your loan repayment will commence.