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Guidance: Qualifications in COVID-19 support packages


The qualifications @ESFAgov will fund to support economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.


List of level 2 and level 3 qualifications included in the high value courses for school and college leavers: a one year offer for 18 and 19 year olds

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The Chancellor has agreed a package of measures to boost skills and support the labour market to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The package will:

  • support young people at added risk of unemployment and help them access training to boost their employability
  • sit alongside the guidance already issued for further education colleges

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced exceptional funding as part of the wider COVID-19 skills recovery response. We are prioritising getting young people into work, an apprentice or other work-based training. Where these are not available, this is an offer of additional one-year courses in high value subjects to prevent students aged 18 and 19 from becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).

Published 16 July 2020

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