Funding and eligibility

Find out what you're entitled to and what help is available


If you are studying an Apprenticeship you have no fees to pay; your training will be free.


Apprenticeships are funded by the Government/European Social Fund (ESF), and/or your employer depending on the size of employer you work for and your age.

If you are aged 16-18 and working in an organisation with less than 50 employees, your Apprenticeship is fully funded by the Government/ESF.

If you are aged 19+, or aged 16-18 and working in a company with over 50 employees, your Apprenticeship is funded by the Government/ESF and/or your employer.


To study an Apprenticeship, you must:

  • have legally left school; there is no upper age limit to studying an Apprenticeship.
  • spend at least 50% of your working hours in England over the duration of the Apprenticeship, including time spent on off-the-job training.  (Apprenticeship funding rules for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland differ to those for England).
  • be a citizen of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA), or have lived in the UK or EEA for the past 3 consecutive years

If you’d like to find out more, or if you’re unsure whether you meet the eligibility criteria, speak to our Learner Recruitment Team today (tel: 01254 395355; email:

NUS Totum Apprentice Discount Card

If you’re a UK apprentice, why not apply for an NUS Apprentice Totum discount card!  You’ll be able to access a variety of discounts in-store and online.  To find out more visit and buy your card online.

Travel Support

As an apprentice, and depending upon your age and where you live, support with your commute to work via public transport or ‘Bike to Work’ schemes may be available.  If you are eligible to apply, we will inform you about the options available.

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for help and guidance about what options are available to you

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