National Skills Fund

The National Skills Fund has been announced by government to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects. It will support the immediate economic recovery and future skills needs by boosting the supply of skills that employers require.

The fund will give adults free access to level 3 qualifications. Hundreds of courses have been carefully selected to support adults to gain skills leading to jobs in sectors such as construction, healthcare and digital.

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Free level 3 qualifications for adults

Any adult aged 19 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels, can now access a variety of fully-funded courses.

This offer is part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee announced in September 2020. It represents a long-term commitment to remove the age constraints and financial barriers for adults looking for their first level 3 qualification so that they can access training to enable them to progress.

Courses are available in a variety of lengths, to support adults to get the skills they need to boost their careers.

19 to 23 year olds can also access additional courses for free through their legal entitlement to a first full level 3 qualification.


Code Title
IPABY061SCF1 IT General Level 3 Extended Diploma EDEXCEL Stratford
IPBNB061SCF2 IT General Level 3 Extended Diploma EDEXCEL Stratford

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Early Years & Childcare

Code Title
CHSAD015SCF0 Childcare and Education Early Years Educator Level 3 Technical Diploma NCFE CACHE
CHSAC015SCF0 Childcare and Education Level 3 Technical Certificate NCFE CACHE
CHBAD015SCP0 Early Years for the Workforce Early Years Educator Level 3 Diploma NCFE CACHE

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Health & Social Care

Code Title
HEBBG013SCP0 Adult Care Level 3 Diploma NCFE CACHE

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Public Services & Sport

Code Title
PUSAA014SCF0 Public Services Level 3 Diploma EDEXCEL

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