UK Six Month Offer: Free Government Skills Training

The global credit crunch has caused large scale unemployment across the world. When you are unemployed, the last thing you want to do is spend more money even if it is to acquire new skils. Higher education in such circumstances becomes a distant dream. However, it seems that without any new skills no employer seems to want to hire you. It is a Catch 22 situation and you have no idea what to do.

If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, you might have some hope. From April 2009 onwards the UK government has introduced a new government skills training program that is designed to help benefit unemployed persons looking to add to their skills and training in the hopes of acquiring better employment opportunities.

What Is The National 6 Month Offer?

According to the UK Department of Work and Pensions,

“The 6 month offer has been introduced as part of an enhanced range of measures to target additional support to the 6 month unemployed group and help overcome barriers faced by these longer term unemployed. Everyone reaching six months unemployed from April 2009 onwards will receive significant extra support from Jobcentre Plus.

The Government has pledged up to £0.5 billion over two years from April 2009 to fund this programme. It is estimated that the package will fund around 500,000 opportunities within the new options over the two years from April 2009.”

In other words, if you have been unemployed for six months or more (since April 2009), you can take advantage of the six month offer.

National 6 Month Offer Inclusions

The UK six month offer is a comprehensive package that will equip unemployed persons with a combination of work experience and skills to enable them to successfully re enter the work force again. To quote the Learning and Skills Council of England,

“The options making up the package are:

  • A recruitment and training subsidy of up to £2500 for companies that take on new recruits, made up of £1000 recruitment subsidy and typically £1500 of training through Train to Gain once in work
  • A self-employment package, developed by DWP and BERR based on an enhanced offer via Jobcentre Plus and Business Link.
  • A new approach to volunteering, which is likely to be supported by specialist brokers.
  • A new training package building on the existing IES approach that will offer a more intensive type of tailored support for those whose skills levels have proved to be a barrier to a quick re entry into employment. The provision will have a strong labour market focus and will be promoted as the gateway for people to take a significant step up in their skills levels, thereby opening up previously inaccessible career opportunities.

National 6 Month Offer Skills Training Help

You can use the Six Month Offer to get the skills you need to move back into the type of work you’ve done before. You can use it to get a qualification to back up your ‘on the job’ experience. You can also use it to get skills for a new area of work. It doesn’t matter if you’ve already got qualifications – you can still take a course to train for a new job.

To be eligible you need to:

  • be aged 19 or over
  • be receiving Jobseekers’ Allowance
  • have been unemployed for six months or more.

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