Local support for carers
Many local carer services offer training courses for carers and former carers. Contact your local service to find out what is available where you live.
Your local council may also be able to help. Contact your local council to find out what is available near you.
There are many ways to learn online. Have a look at Learn My Way to find a course that might suit you or get support getting online. You could also look at:
- City and Guilds – offer qualifications and apprenticeships
- Learndirect – offer courses and qualifications
Paying for study
If you are worried about the financial impact of studying, particularly if you aren't working, there is help available:
- Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you're studying. See you if could apply for a Professional and Career Development Loans on Gov.uk.
- Family Action’s Educational Grants Programme gives grants to people who want to unlock their educational potential by participating in further education. You don’t have to be a carer to apply. You may qualify if you are over 14 and on a low income. This is only available in England.
- Skills Funding Council - fund skills training for further education (FE) in England.
- In Scotland, young and young adult carers up to the age of 20 may be able to get Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) if they or their families are on a low income. See EMAs and me on the EMA Scotland website.
You should get in touch with your local carer service as they may be able to help you find other grants and loans that suit your situation. They will help you work out if any other benefits you claim might be affected.
There may also be special grants that could help you meet the costs of studying.