I don't have many qualifications. Can I get more through work?

22bf1}{110}" paraid="221101273">Workers with few qualifications (i.e. fewer than five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent) can get paid time off to train. You are entitled to take time off work without losing pay to do the studying and the Government reimburses your employer for the hours you miss. You can do the training in your workplace or at a local college and fit the hours in around your shifts. 

In addition, in September 2020, the government launched a new Kickstart scheme aimed at providing six month placements for young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. You can find out more about this new scheme on the government’s JobHelp website

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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