Gecko awarded approved status by the Education and Skills Funding Council to support Adult Education
As adults we are entitled to a range of benefits at various times of our lives, pension when we retire, child benefit and paid leave when we become parents and support if we have a disability or illness, But did you also know that you also have a legal entitlement to some specific educational courses, for free!
Gecko are delighted to have recently been awarded approved status by the Education and Skills Funding Council. Therefore, we are now a recipient of funding known as the Adult Education Budget. This grant will enable us to provide a programme of courses for adults across the Black Country and Birmingham, meeting your needs and supporting your ambitions.
For all adults over 19 – employed or unemployed, you are legally entitled to attend courses which will support you in gaining a level 2* math and English qualification, if you don’t already have one. So if you missed out on your GCSE math and English at grade C or above, and are finding that this is holding you back in getting into work or progressing at work, then we can offer you free courses to support your achievement. We will assess your current level of ability and find the right starting point for you. The course, registration, and exam fees will all be free, even if you start your study at entry level and work your way up to a full level 2 qualification – every course on your journey is free.
If you are unemployed and over 19, then there are additional courses available to you for free. This could be a course and qualification in customer service, employability skills, business, or a trade such as plumbing, carpentry, accounting, IT. If you are aged 19-23, and you have not achieved a level 3# qualification then you are entitled to attend a course for free. If you are aged over 24 then level 3 courses are available through a learning loan. Courses providing small steps to learning a larger qualification, or assist you in getting into work are also free.
Employed and over 19? The Adult Skills Budget can still support your learning needs. If you have not achieved a level 2 qualification, or you wish to achieve a different level 2 course for a career change, then 50% of your fees will be paid, and for study at level 3, a learning loan will be available. Many employers will pay the 50% of the fees if the course of study is something they need you to achieve, for example an accountancy qualification.
So, check out the courses we have on offer and ensure you use your entitlements.
* Level 2 is equivalent to a GCSE standard
# Level 3 is equivalent to A level standard