Identifying your learning and training options
Learning new skills or retraining can improve your chances of getting back to work. It's a good idea to explore your options — including learning through college or university, volunteering or on-the-job training — with a local learning provider.
Start with Skills Development Scotland
There may be funding available for courses which could help you get back into work. Funding can include payments towards course fees, a grant or a loan. The support that's available to you will depend on your individual circumstances and education history as well as the type of course you're hoping to do.
To start, take a look at our online course search below, or call an SDS adviser on 0800 917 8000
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National Transition Training Fund (NTTF)
If you're currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1st of March 2020, the NTTF can help you cover the cost of an industry-recognised qualification.
Who is eligible?
Anyone aged 25 or over who:
- is under threat of redundancy and within 13 weeks immediately prior to the notified date of redundancy
- has been made unemployed on or after 1 March 2020.
How to access training
If you're claiming benefits, your DWP work coach will be able to refer you to a local training provider.
If you're not claiming benefits right now, you can call our SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000 for more information.
While Jobcentre Plus may be able to help with training costs, they can also help by removing individual barriers linked to work.
The Big Plus
If you experience trouble with reading, writing or numbers, finding a job can be difficult. Brush up on your skills with The Big Plus - a free adult-friendly learning service open to all ages.
Visit My World of Work for more information. Or you can speak to an SDS adviser on 0800 917 8000
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