Learner Info

 

 

Helping you create your future

 

ETS promotes inclusion, diversity and fair treatment in training for all sections of the community. Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all learners and expects all staff, visitors, employers and other learners to share this commitment. ETS strive for the satisfaction and safety of our learners, we provide advice to support learners both work related and anything that may concern them. 

Eligibility

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

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The government has highlighted the importance of training to develop the country’s skills base and competitiveness as a result of this it has allocated funding to support training for eligible candidates.

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National Minimum Wage

The minimum wage a worker should get depends on their age and if they’re an apprentice. The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to. The National Living Wage is higher than the National Minimum Wage – workers get it if they’re over 25. It doesn’t matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the correct minimum wage.

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

 

April 2018 Wage
25 and Over £7.83
21 to 24 £7.38
18 to 24 £5.90
Under 18 £4.20
Apprentice £3.70

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2018 £7.83 £7.38 £5.90 £4.20 £3.70

National Apprenticeship Wage

From 1st of April 2018 the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.70 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the national Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies. The minimum wage for apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. Although an Apprentice minimum wage applies this is only a guide and employer often pay more.

The Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2016 estimated the average gross hourly pay received by apprentices in Great Britain was £6.70 an hour for level 2 and 3 apprentices which is equivalent to nearly £14,000 per year.

Apprentice Mental Health Support Organisation

This free service, delivered by Remploy and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions is available to any apprentice who is experiencing mental health difficulties at work. It complements any existing occupational health service you have, delivered by trained professionals with expertise in mental health in the workplace.

Holidays

As an Apprentice you’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

Workers are entitled to a week’s pay for each week of leave they take. A week’s pay is worked out according to the kind of hours someone works and how they’re paid for the hours. This includes full-time, part-time and casual workers.

 

Working pattern Pay
Fixed hours and fixed pay (part time or full time) A week’s holiday pay equals how much a worker gets for a week’s work
Shift work with fixed hours (part time or full time) A week’s holiday pay equals the average number of weekly fixed hours a worker worked in the previous 12 weeks at their average hourly rate
No fixed hours (ie casual work) A week’s holiday pay is the average pay a worker got over the previous 12 weeks (in which they were paid)

Entitlement

Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave.

Working 5 days a week

Most workers who work a 5-day week must receive at least 28 days’ paid annual leave per year. This is the equivalent of 5.6 weeks of holiday.

 

Working part-time

Part-time workers get less paid holiday than full-time workers. They’re entitled to at least 5.6 weeks of paid holiday but this amounts to fewer than 28 days because they work fewer hours per week.

Bank holidays

 

Bank or public holidays do not have to be given as paid leave.

An employer can choose to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s statutory annual leave.

 

Advanced Learner Loans

 

Eligibilty
Whether a learner can qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan depends on their:

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    • course information including what they’re studying and where

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    • age

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    • nationality and residency status

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    previous study

We’ve created an eligibility tool for learners considering an Advanced Learner Loan.

Course information
Advanced Learner Loans are not available for Higher National Qualification (HND) courses or Advanced/Higher Apprenticeships, where other funding applies.

 If the course started on or after 1 August 2016

The learner must be 19 or older on the first day of their course.
The course must be:

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If the course started before 1 August 2016

The learner must be 24 or older on the first day of the course. The course must be:

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Course Length
The course must be at least 2 weeks to be eligible for funding, but there’s no maximum time limit in which a learner has to complete their course. However, there are maximum limits on how long we can pay a loan for. After this the learner will be due to start repaying their loan from, the following tax year if their income is above the repayment threshold of £25,000 from April 2018).

Learning Aim Maximum Duration
A Level 2 years
Access to HEI 2 years
Certificates 2 years
Diplomas 3 years

Nationality or residency status
Learners must usually:

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    • be living in the UK on the first day of their course

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    • have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting their course

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    • be a UK national or have ‘settled status’

 

    (this means there are no restrictions on how long they can stay)

Learners may also qualify if they’re:

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    • a UK national, or someone with settled status, but they live somewhere else in the

European Economic Area (EEA)
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    • an EU national or a family member of one

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    • not a UK national but they have lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of their life)

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    • a refugee or the relative of one

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    • an EEA or Swiss migrant worker, or the relative of one

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    • the child of a Swiss national

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    • the child of a Turkish worker

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    • granted humanitarian protection or the relative of someone who has been granted humanitarian protection

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    a stateless person (including any eligible family members).

To be eligible as a ‘stateless person’ learners must:

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    • be a new learner starting on or after 1 August 2018

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    have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course

Learners who live outside England may also be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if they’re:

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    • a serving member of the UK armed forces

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    • the spouse/civil partner of a serving member

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    • a child, step-child or adoptive child living with a member of the UK Armed Forces serving outwith England

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    a dependent parent living with a serving member

Previous Study
Learners can usually get a maximum of four Advanced Learner Loans. The exception to this is if they’re studying an AS or A level where they can apply for up to eight Loans, and can still get a further three loans for courses that are not AS/A Levels. Previous educational study will not affect a learner’s entitlement to their first FE loan.

They’ll be able to get up to four loans for the same type of Vocational Qualification. However, they’ll still only be entitled to one FE loan for a Programme for A Levels or Access to HE Diploma.

How it's paid
Payments are made directly to the learning provider each month.

The learner’s attendance must be confirmed before any payments will be made.

Confirmation of attendance

Confirmation of attendance will be required two weeks after they have started their course and every three months thereafter.

If a learner stops attending their course

If they stop attending at any point, the learning provider should let us know as soon as possible so we can stop further payments.

Repayment
Advanced Learner Loans have to be paid back. Learners are charged interest from the day the first payment is made.

Learners will only start to repay their loan balance once they have finished or left their course and their income is over the repayment threshold.

Visit our student loan repayment website for more information on repaying an Advanced Learner Loan.

Application
Learners need to follow these steps:

Step 1

They check with their learning provider that the course qualifies for ALL.

The learning provider should then give them a ‘Learning and Funding Information’ letter. They need this to complete the application.

Step 2

The learner applies online.

If they’ve applied for student finance from us before they can use the same details.

If they can’t apply online, they can download an application form at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

we’ll ask for information about:

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    • their personal details, National Insurance number and contact information

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    • their nationality and residency

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    • their course

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    how much they’d like to borrow

Step 3

We’ll write to the learner to confirm their loan, usually within 2 weeks if they applied online. Paper applications can take longer.

They should check the information on the letter to confirm the amounts and course details are correct. They must let us know immediately if anything is wrong or has changed since their application.

If we need more information or evidence, they should send this as soon as possible to avoid any delays with their money.

Any other forms we may ask for can be found at www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

More information

We’ve created a downloadable template for the ‘Learning and Funding Information’ letter and a downloadable guide to help write this.

Download the template for the ‘Learning and Funding Information’ letter (PDF – 213KB)

Download the ‘Learning and Funding Information letter’ writing guide (PDF – 253KB)