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Trainees may be entitled to an Education Maintenance Allowance. EMA pays £30 per week and is available to 16–19 year-olds (means tested). Attendance is monitored and payment is dependent on full weekly attendance in all subject areas including placement. Bonuses are also payable on the achievement of qualifications.

EMA Application forms are available online.

If you would like to receive an EMA application pack by post please email or ring 0287127 6045.

Additional Sources of Funding

The Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund is intended to provide support to learners who are experiencing exceptional financial difficulty with meeting costs associated with learning, such as:

  • Part-Time fees
  • Accommodation
  • Books
  • Materials
  • Travel expenses
  • Childcare CostsThe Hardship Fund is discretionary. Please contact Student Service to collect an application and criteria information.

The Hardship Fund can pay up to £45 per week. If approved payments are made approximately every 6 weeks and will be based on attendance.

Poor attendance could result in reduced or suspended Hardship Fund payments. Students may be asked to repay Hardship Fund payments if they abandon their course.

For Hardship Fund inquiries contact

Princes Trust Development Award

If you’re aged 16-25 and need funding to get into Training/Education, you could potentially receive a grant to help to pay for fees, tools or equipment for a job or qualification e.g. hairdressing kit, carpentry tools, chef whites to help you to reach your educational goals.

If you meet the eligibility criteria you can receive up to £500.

For more information, contact:

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