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Can I apply for the National Retraining Scheme?

In 2017, the UK Government announced a new trial programme aimed at helping workers adjust and retrain given the fast changing world or work.

The main driver was concern over the changes to skills needed with the increase of automation and AI.

In 2018 £100 million was set aside and the National Retraining Scheme was born. The first stages are the roll out of a online service called 'Get help to Retrain' and the creation of new job retraining courses being trialled in a number of areas.

Can I apply for the National Retraining Scheme?

As of now, not everyone can apply for the National Retraining Scheme. It's being tried out in a handful of areas. You need to be based in:

  • Liverpool
  • North East
  • West Midlands
  • Leeds
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
  • South West

There are also certain conditions, such as:

  • Being in employment
  • Not having a degree
  • Being over 24
  • Earning less than £35,000

There are also some specific initiatives that are part of this scheme. One is aimed at tackling skill shortages in the Construction sector. Another is looking to boost online access to training and education.

To find out more about this programme, visit unionlearn's National Retraining Scheme page.



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