Funding & Advice
Contact Careers Wales for advice on careers, jobs and training, education and courses.
Call us on 0800 100 900
From a mobile please telephone 029 2090 6801 (standard mobile rates apply)
If you ring them on your mobile they will call you back for free. Lines are open 9am to 9pm weekdays and 9am and 12 noon on Saturday.
Chat to an adviser using instant messaging 9am to 9pm Monday – Friday and 9am – 12 noon on Saturday.
Email via the website.
The Redundancy Action Scheme II ( ReAct II) is a programme of funding for training provided by the Welsh Assembly Government for people living in Wales who are facing redundancy.
Please contact Careers Wales to discuss applying. Contact details can be found at:
Under this part of the scheme the following financial support is available:
- 100 per cent of training costs to acquire new skills (up to a maximum of £1,500);
- Help with the cost of special equipment to remove barriers to training;
- Help towards the cost of travelling to training courses;
- Overnight accommodation costs, where appropriate;
- A contribution towards childcare costs whilst training (subject to limits and conditions).
Who is eligible?
- Have become unemployed in the last six months as a result of redundancy, are currently unemployed, and who have not been in continuous employment for 6 weeks or more since being made redundant; or
- Are currently under notice of redundancy; and
- Have not undertaken any publicly funded training since being made redundant, including the work-based learning suite of programs.
Professional and Development Loans
Visit Skills Funding Agency
0800 100 900
A Professional and Career Development Loan is a bank loan set at a competitive interest rate that learners aged 18 years or over can use to help pay for learning that leads to work or that will improve their employability. They can be used to support any full-time, part-time or distance learning courses for up to two years, as long as the course leads to a trade, occupation or profession.
Like any loan, learners must repay the money they borrow, but the Skills Funding Agency will pay the interest on the loan while the learner is in learning and for up to one month afterwards. The learner then repays the loan to the bank over an agreed period at a fixed rate of interest.
Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.
You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.
Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.
How to apply
Find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers
service on 0800 100 900 or request a call back.
- Fill in the application form and send it to the bank.
- The bank will decide if you qualify for a loan.
- You take out the loan with the bank and agree to their repayment conditions.
- You should apply 3 months before your course starts to give the bank enough time to process your application.