NEW national funding rules aimed at getting people into work mean those on benefits can take courses for free at East Riding College this year.
Late changes announced by the Government recently, mean people aged 19 and over, who are on a range of benefits, get free tuition and other fees are waived.
It means people on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment Support Allowance - Work-Related Activity Group - pay nothing to study on full-time and part-time courses at East Riding College this year.
Those receiving Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit and Income Support only pay a £20 administration fee and examination fees as long as they are unemployed and are taking the course to help them get a job.
Principal Derek Branton said: “These late changes made by the Skills Funding Agency represent a major effort to help unemployed people get back into work by ensuring that many more can afford to strengthen their CV with a new qualification.
“They are a clear reflection of the important role that the Government sees for colleges in providing skills training to prepare unemployed people to re-enter the job market.”
Guidance officers from the College will be present at the Careers 4 U event at The Spa, Bridlington on October 11 to speak to people about eligibility for free courses and fee reductions.
They will also be able to discuss which courses are best to help those looking for a variety of jobs and also advise on how benefits may be affected by taking a course.
The college offers full-time, part-time, higher education and hobby learning courses and apprenticeships in a wide range of subject areas. These include access to higher education, accounting, business and administration, cleaning, construction, creative arts, media and music, early years, health and social care, education, first aid, food safety, functional skills, hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy, health and safety, hospitality and catering, information technology, languages, management, motor vehicle and engineering, psychology, public services, retail skills, sport and recreation, trade union studies, training and development, travel and tourism, and warehouse.
Although full-time courses have started, a number of part-time courses start later in the academic year, with some beginning later this year and others in the new year.
The college is also rolling out Skills Support for the Unemployed programmes in the East Riding and Hull and a Skills Support for Redundancy programme in Hull.
These give unemployed people and people who have been made redundant free access to shorter courses in a range of areas – including welding, catering, health and safety, plastering and IT – as well as support with writing a CV and applying for a job. Anyone interested in these courses should contact their JobCentre Plus advisor.
For more information about full and part-time courses at East Riding College and the Skills Support programmes, visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk or call 0845 120 0037.