The Government is to begin a pilot of its new Adult Learning Grant, designed to help young adults meet the costs of gaining qualifications.
The weekly grant was announced as part of the Skills Strategy and offers an allowance of £30 a week for people studying full time for a level 2 or 3 qualification, such as GCSEs or A levels.
Once the scheme has been evaluated, the Government intents to roll it out to more than 60,000 adult learners.
This will link in with the introduction of free learning for any adult that doesn't have a good foundation of skills for employment, to help them reach a Level 2 (5 GCSEs or equivalent) qualification.
The grant system is being piloted across the following 10 areas across England, starting in September with around 12,000 adult learners:
The Black Country
Devon and Cornwall