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Funding for Training

Qualification Funding in the UK

Funding, and approval of qualifications for funding, is handled by a variety of different Government organisations.

City & Guilds understands how complex funding in the UK can be for education and training providers, employers and learners, made more so by the fact that Wales and Scotland have different arrangements to England. 

This overview page and subsequent pages offer in-depth information on funding, funding reforms, the different types of funding available and links to information on our website and external websites that will support you with funding planning. This includes specific pages for the new Apprenticeship arrangements and the 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

English Government Funded Qualifications

Where can we find information about English Government funded qualifications?

All qualifications that the Government approves (via Ofqual) for funding are shown on the Learning Aims Reference Service (LARS), on the Skills Funding Agency Hub. This is the portal that confirms the latest funding position for any government funded qualification. When checking that the qualification is still funded, please ensure you check the ‘last date for new starts’ on the funding tab, to confirm funding is still available for the qualification you are interested in for the current year and beyond. The search page of LARS offer a Search Guide. The link to the guide is on the top right hand side of the page.

The HUB/Learning Aims Reference Service (LARS) >

We apologise for the City and Guilds Funding Catalogue being unavailable at this time. We are updating and improving the catalogue due to recent changes to LARS and removal of some qualifications from the funded offer. Please refer to LARS in the interim period whilst this work is carried out. 

16-19 Funding

16-19 Funding – Education and Skills Funding Agency

The Education and Skills Funding Agency, (ESFA), is responsible for funding education for all learners.

The ESFA funds and monitors schools, academies, university technical colleges, FE Colleges and private training providers. The ESFA provides funding for study programmes for learners aged 16-19 and manages the apprenticeship programme, in partnership with the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships.

Find out more about the policies and funding arrangements of the ESFA for 16-19 year olds.

Adult Education Budget (AEB)

Adult Education Budget Qualification funding 2017/18

To support providers with delivery of the Adult Education Budget in 2017/18, City & Guilds have produced a catalogue of funded qualifications for each sector subject area that can be delivered before the end of this academic year. Each qualification is approx. 120 guided learning hours (glh) or less.

Your local Business Manager or Support lead can help you with further information.

Download our catalogue of funded qualifications >

The following webinar recordings are useful resources for understanding the AEB rules.

AEB funding changes for 2018/19


Maximising your AEB


Apprenticeship Funding

Apprenticeship funding

The apprenticeship system in England is changing, and so is the funding model. For information about all the reforms, the funding arrangements and the new Apprenticeship Standards, please click on the link below to take you to our specific Apprenticeship Site.

Apprenticeships - all you need to know

Advanced Learner Loans

Advanced Learning Loans

Most learners aged 19+ who wish to continue to study to improve their career opportunities, will be able to access a 19+ FE Loan or Advanced Learner Loan for courses at Level 3 to Level 6.

For more information about the Loan reforms, the City & Guilds Advanced Learner Loan offer and links to sites offering information about accessing loans, please view our Advanced Learning Loans information page.

ESF Funding

ESF Funding guidance

To support your ESF project requirements, we have the widest range of over 600 qualifications funded as part of the current ESF offer.

View ESF funding information >

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19+ Learning Loans

The Advanced Learning Loan is available to anyone over the age of 19+.

Find out more >