Sources of funding

Equine Podiatry Training Ltd does not currently offer any form of scholarship or bursary, but there are a number of possible external sources of funding that may be available to students wishing to train with us. The following list is intended to give some suggests but there may be other options not listed here. While we try to ensure that this list is accurate, inclusion in this list does not guarantee that a source of funding is applicable to our course.

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is: 20262.

The Free Childcare for Training and Learning for Work scheme provides up to £175 per child per week (higher if you live in London) to help with child care costs while training. The scheme is aimed at low-income, two-parent families, where one parent is in work, and the other wants to get into learning. More details can be found here: http://www.direct.gov.uk/Freechildcareforlearning

Horizons Your Education has been developed by Barclaycard Horizons in partnership with Family Action (formerly the Family Welfare Association) to help lone parents with the costs of education and training that will improve their job prospects. Grants are awarded to help with expenses associated with a course of education or training, such as fees, books, equipment, travel and childcare. More details can be found here: http://www.yourhorizons.com/youreducation.html

Redundancy packages. Some employers will consider providing a contribution towards the cost of retraining in the event of making an employee redundant. It is worth discussing such an option with your employer if you are currently in this situation.

Government agencies that can provide advice. Advice on sources of funding that may be available can be obtained from a number of government agencies including: DirectGov and the Young People's Learning Agency. It may also be worth contacting your local authority to see if any sources of funding are available.