ACT NOW - FREE FUNDING available until 31st July 2013 to â€˜up skillâ€™ your new and/or existing staff members who are aged 24 and over. Funding available providing you sign up to a qualification on or before 31st July 2013. FUNDING is still available for staff who are 16-23 years of age. From 01st August 2013 anyone 24 and over will have to take out a loan in order to complete a qualification. For more information Call 0121 236 2634 or see page 10 of this document.
The Training Programmes that Birmingham Hotel and Catering Academy Provide: Intermediate Apprenticeship Advanced Apprenticeship Include Certificates\Diplomas in: Include Certificates\Diplomas in:
Front of House Reception
Hospitality Supervision and Leadership
Food Service Beverage Service Food and Beverage Service Food Production and Cooking Professional Cookery Kitchen Services Hospitality Services
** BHCA are a quality Training Provider within the Hospitality and Leisure Sectors throughout the entire West Midlands
24+ Advanced Learning Loans Aged 24 or over and thinking about further education? If you’re planning to study at Level 3 or Level 4 or an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship and starting a course on or after 1 August 2013 you may qualify for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. These loans help you to pay the fees charged by approved colleges and training organisations in England. Most learners aged 24 and over, studying at Level 3 or Level 4 or an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship, will qualify for these new loans from the UK government. 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. For more information visit nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans
Employer Information Introduction of Loans From the academic year 2013/14 loans are being introduced to support those aged 24 and over undertake advanced and higher level courses. This covers all provision at level 3 and above including Advanced and Higher Apprenticeship frameworks. The reason for introducing loans is that Government grant funding is being prioritised on learning for young adults, those who need English and maths skills, and those seeking work. The introduction of loans will give people outside of these groups the opportunity to continue to access advanced and higher level training. All individuals aged 24 and over who want to undertake training at level 3 and above will be expected to contribute more towards the cost of their training. However, for the first time the Government will make loans available to those individuals, which will only be repaid following their training when they are earning more than £21,000 – in the same way as Higher Education (HE) student loans. Research shows that on average learners derive substantial benefits from undertaking advanced and higher level qualifications, so loans are being introduced on the basis that these learners should make a higher contribution to the cost of their learning in line with the benefits they receive. It is also in the interest of employers to continue to contribute to the cost of the course because they benefit from more skilled and productive staff. For more information visit nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advancedlearningloans