24+ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship funding re-introduced


In August 2013, the funding for Level 3 24+ Advanced Apprenticeships was withdrawn and replaced with 24+ Advanced Learning Loans. Since then, there has been a low take-up of Apprenticeships among those over the age of 24.

Acknowledging the downturn, the government has now reversed the decision to fund Apprenticeship courses with the Advanced Learning Loans, and reintroduced 24+ Advanced Apprenticeship funding.

What does this mean?

It means that anyone in the right age group, working a minimum of 16 hours in paid employment, and meeting eligibility criteria, will qualify for a fully funded course, instead of having to take a loan.

For those who don’t meet the criteria for funding, 24+ Advanced Learning Loans are still available.

Are you eligible?

To find out if you or your staff are eligible for an Apprenticeship, just complete our online form and we’ll be in touch!

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Training is essential for child carers in every setting. It’s a great way to develop your career and ensures the children get the most out of their time in your care.

The great news is you can learn while you work so, in most instances, you’ll be paid while you get your qualification!

Do you see this as good news for developing staff in your setting? Share your comments below!


3 thoughts on “24+ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship funding re-introduced

  • February 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    This is very good news.
    I have had to turn down 2 potential ‘over 24 years old’ staff members recently because they were only trained to Level 2 and neither they, or we, could afford to pay for their Level 3 training. As I do not consider someone with a Level 2 to be ‘fully qualified’ I could not employ them as I had no vacancies for ‘unqualified’ staff!

  • February 17, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    can I do it if you are childminder from my home?

    • February 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Hi Emma

      Thank you for posting a question. We do have a level 3 course suitable for childminders who are working from home, however apprenticeship funding is not available for the self-employed. We would be happy to discuss alternative methods of funding the course and would suggest you contact one of our training advisors on 0844 504 5504. They will explain options available to you.


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