If you're self-funding your NEBOSH General Certificate, you're looking at spending just under £1,500 for the training and exam fees. But, there are a number of organisations offering grants and funding, or there are credit options available too.
- The Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct) is funding for anyone living in Wales who's been made redundant.
- Further education funding from the government includes level 3 tech levels, so you can specialise in a specific technical job.
- The Advanced Learner Loan is credit issued by the government which you don't pay back until you're earning over a specific threshold.
If you live in Wales and you've recently lost your job following a round of redundancies, the Redundancy Action Scheme (ReAct) is a programme of funding to help you upskill and get back to work.
You can read about the funding and get your application started here.
To get the funding you must follow a specific process. It starts with Careers Wales looking at your CV, experience and the needs of the job market to recommend training. They'll refer you onto a training provider - we're one of them - who'll get you booked onto a course.
It's not limited to one course, so the NEBOSH General Certificate could be just one avenue you explore.
Level 3 qualifications, including the NEBOSH General Certificate, can be covered by government funding depending on your situation.
You can get grants to cover the course fees, living costs or childcare.
If you're already studying, you can get extra support from the Family Action Grants Scheme.
Although Family Action Grants won't fund the NEBOSH General Certificate course fees, it will cover the additional costs like clothing and equipment you need for the course, travel, exam fees, and computers and laptops, depending on your situation.
Family Action Grants' educational grant could support you while you study the NEBOSH General Certificate. They work with people who want to get their careers on track and need to re-train to get a job that works with their family life.
There are no restrictions on the subject you want to study but a commercially focused course is preferred - NEBOSH helps you to reduce the cost of work-related injury and sickness. To qualify for the funding, you must be living on a low income (usually in receipt of benefits) and be 14 years old or older.
If you're comfortable with making monthly repayments as well as your other financial commitments, the government's Advanced Learner Loan might be an option for you.
The minimum loan is £300 and it's paid directly to your training provider.
Your eligibility doesn't depend on your income. There are no credit checks either. Rather, it depends on your age, the course, the training provider and your nationality or residency status.
You can apply for the Advanced Learner Loan here.
Once you've got the loan, you can also apply for a government bursary fund.
If you're working, you start repaying your loan the April following the end course. Your income fall must be above £364 a week, or £1,577 a month, if you're on repayment plan one, or more than £494 a week or £2,143 a month if you're on payment plan two. You won't repay the loan until you meet the criteria.
You can read more about which repayment plan you're on, here.
The NEBOSH General Certificate is a broad qualification, but it doesn't focus specifically on construction. As it stands, you can't use the CITB Construction Skills Grant to fund the General Certificate.
The CITB would fund the NEBOSH Construction Certificate though.