Training and funding with Employment Links Partnership
If you're made redundant, you may be entitled to funding to access training and courses.
Funding is available to help you enhance your current skills, train for a new career or become self-employed.
To be eligible, you must demonstrate that the course you want funding for:
- Is suitable for you
- Works with your current skills and experience
- Will give you a chance to get back to work as quickly as possible
Book an appointment
To apply for redundancy funding:
- Contact Employment Links Partnership - you should do this as soon as your employer informs you that you are at risk of redundancy.
- When you speak to them, request a face to face appointment to discuss your needs with a local career adviser. Make sure you explain you're affected by redundancy.
- If you're attending a JobCentre Plus seminar, you can ask for this support as part of your redundancy package instead.
What happens at your appointment
Your appointment is a career-focused meeting with an advisor who will discuss your practical experience, current qualifications and career aspirations.
They will draw up an Action Plan to help you reach your goals. They can refer you to local service providers to help you draft or review your CV, work on your interview skills, search for jobs and access funded occupational training.
If this training is not funded locally, the adviser will also help you apply for additional Rapid Response Support (RRS) funding from Jobcentre Plus to cover the cost. RRS can only support short, job-focused training which provides a nationally recognised qualification.
How to prepare for your appointment
The more information you bring with you, the better.
Here are a few suggestions of what to prepare or bring to help you make the best use of the time available with the advisor.
- Your official redundancy letter - if you've received this
- Your up to date CV
- Certificates of qualifications, licences, apprenticeships including in-house training courses
- Details of any courses that will help you to get back into work
- Examples of jobs which you have applied for or seen advertised recently
- Details of any job offers or business cases that are conditional upon you completing this course
How long the process takes
You can start some courses immediately. However, there may be occasions when you need to decide between travelling somewhere to start immediately or waiting a few weeks to start a course locally.
Your advisor will keep you informed about the progress of your application.