For funding purposes a learner is defined as unemployed if one or more of the following apply.

  • They receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG).
  • They receive Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), including those receiving National Insurance credits only.
  • They receive Universal Credit, earn either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £330 a month and are determined by Jobcentre Plus (JCP) as being in one of the following groups
    • All Work-Related Requirements Group.
    • Work Preparation Group.
    • Work-Focused Interview Group.
  • They are released on temporary licence (RoTL) and studying outside a prison environment and not funded through the Offenders’ Learning and Skills Service (OLASS).
  • They are working and earn less than £15,736.50 annual gross salary
  • We may also use our discretion to fund other learners if all of the following apply.
    • The learner receives other state benefits and earns either less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £338 (individual claim) or £541 (house hold claim) a month.
    • The learner wants to be employed or progress into more sustainable employment, if they earn less than 16 times the National Minimum Wage a week or £338 (individual claim) or £541 (house hold claim) a month and we are satisfied that the learning is directly relevant to their employment prospects and the local labour market needs.