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Free Training Opportunities for Local People

Aug 18 2011

Don't let the cost of studying at college stop you – that's the message from Dudley College, who today announced the removal of course fees for many local people looking to enrol on part time and full time courses this September.

Previous constraints offering free training have been relaxed. In a move by the Government to help and support those reliant on financial support, school leavers and adults in the local community will be able to enrol on an employment related course without having to worry about the cost of the course fees.

The new incentive focuses on helping those who are in receipt of a range of benefits, whether they are employed or out of work, and will support individuals looking to improve their skills and employability.

Lowell Williams, Principal of Dudley College explained "We have welcomed these new flexibilities as it means we can offer people free training, so if the only thing stopping you enrolling on a course was money, you’ll probably find this is no longer a barrier.

We know from the training and qualifications we currently offer at Dudley College that relevant and up to date skills are what employers are looking for. Coupled with the opportunity to come off or reduce the reliance on benefits, the offer of free training should help more people secure a job, or improve their career progression opportunities. This change positions Dudley College in a very prominent position to help the local community".

A key aim of removing the financial barrier to training is the need to up-skill the local workforce. Those wishing to take advantage of the free training will be encouraged to enrol onto courses that directly link to employers' needs and skills gaps in the area. The process for accessing the free training will be made easy for applicants, and dependent on their circumstances, individuals will be asked to complete a form outlining their circumstances and supply evidence of their benefit.

To find out who qualifies for the free training or information about courses contact Dudley College on 01384 363 363.