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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 one academic year.

When can I start?

We generally run study programmes from September of each year. 

Where will I do the study programme?

Two days each week will be spent in the Hoople Training Centre in Hereford. The remaining three days each week will be spent on work placement relevant to your chosen study path. 

Will there be opportunities to gain work experience?

Yes, as above, three days each week will be spent on work placement. We will help you to find a work placement that suits your needs and preferences. 

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.


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