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Frequently asked questions

Will I get paid?

No, you won’t. However, some learners will be able to apply for a weekly bursary for help with transport, meals and equipment. Even though you won’t get paid, the study programme will give you the opportunity to achieve qualifications, gain some work experience, make new friends and boost your confidence levels.

How much do study programmes cost?

There will be no charge to you as the Government will pay for you to do the study programme.

How long do study programmes last?

Study programmes last for approximately six months.

When can I start?

Any time as study programmes are available throughout the year.

Where will I do the study programme?

You will be based mostly in the Hoople Training Centre in Hereford. Here you will be improving your maths, English and ICT skills and taking part in employability skills training, for example learning about:

  • Completing job applications
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Communication
  • Team working

Each learner will be individually assessed and a study programme will be designed around your needs and your work placement.

Will there be opportunities to gain work experience?

Most study programmes do include a work placement to give you real on-the-job experience. Work placements will be introduced when you are ready and will typically happen on one day each week.

Will I get any help or support?

Yes, you will be allocated a dedicated tutor who will be there to help you to set your goals and offer feedback and advice.

What happens after the study programme?

The study programme will help you to choose your next step, which could be further education, an apprenticeship, traineeship or employment.

For further information, please get in touch or download a copy of our application form.