The loan will provide access to funds for higher education to those that are ineligible for Skills Funding Agency funding. Similar to University loans, repayment will begin after the learner earns over £21,000 a year and is fixed at 9% of earnings. After 30 years any remaining debt is written off.
Learners will be able to apply from early April 2013 for courses starting on or after 1 August 2013. The types of courses that can be accessed using this loan include level 3 leisure management, level 4 Management and University Access courses. For a more comprehensive list please follow this link.
The new loan has been developed as a response to the Spending Review 2010. Due to budget restrictions, the overall Further Education and Skills budget will be reduced by 25% between 2011-12 and 2014-15. Therefore the 24+ Advanced Learning Loan will provide individuals in this age group with a great opportunity to continue to learn and develop their skills.
Our National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure works with the best training providers in our sector to deliver cost-effective, quality assured training solutions.
Apprenticeships are available in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. However, each country has a slightly different approach.
Select a country below to learn more about the frameworks available in your area.
SkillsActive works on behalf of the active leisure, learning and well-being sector to develop a framework of qualifications, training and continuous professional that meet employer needs, ensuring the workforce is properly trained and qualified.
Through our National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure, we deliver those qualifications, ensuring the training is quality assured, cost effective and relevant to employers’ needs.
SkillsActive works on behalf of the sector to create and deliver the qualifications employers need and want.
We make sure employers can access the right qualifications, based on national standards designed by employers, so the workforce is properly trained and qualified.
Read more about the Qualifications and Credit Framework
The National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure has launched a free, new job matching website to help employers find talented, work ready candidates for the sport and active leisure industry.
The service (www.activegraduates.com) allows employers to search for new recruits from the ActiveGraduates database, which contains the profiles of hundreds of young people who have successfully completed the Future Jobs Fund programme. The service is free - employers simply need to inform the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure (Skills Academy) when they hire from the site.
Florence Orban, Chief Executive of the Skills Academy, says each ActiveGraduate has undergone quality assured training in areas such as sales and administration, first aid and fitness and coaching. They also have six months, hands-on work experience in the sport and active leisure industry, making them an attractive option for employers.
"The young people on this website are competent, qualified and ready to take the next step in their career," she says. "They are passionate about working in the sport and active leisure sector so are perfect for employers looking to find people who will be able to hit the ground running as well as spend their career in the sector."
Employers can browse the secure site for potential employees including:
Florence says: “I would urge any employer looking for a new recruit to make ActiveGraduates.com their first port of call and save themselves the cost and hassle of recruitment agencies. The Future Jobs Fund provided these young people with the experience, qualifications and direction they need to kick-start their career - using ActiveGraduates.com, employers can help them continue it.”
The Future Jobs Fund, which comes to an end in September 2011, provided training and six months’ employment to 18–24 year olds who had been out of work for six months and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.
The Skills Academy helped get nearly 5,000 young unemployed people back into work, supported by 175 employer partners nationwide.