Non means tested Education Maintenance Allowance
All Skills for Life and Work participants are entitled to a weekly non-means-tested Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £40 per person subject to satisfying the attendance/engagement requirements of the programme i.e., 24–30 hours per week. If your parent(s)/guardian(s) receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)/Income Support, means tested Job Seeker's Allowance or Housing Benefit, that benefit will not be affected by the EMA.
If you are entitled to one of these benefits in your own right, then that benefit will not be affected either. Your parent(s)/guardian(s) will also be entitled to receive Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit provided all other conditions for receipt of the benefits are met.
In addition, you will receive participant bonuses at various stages of your training from your training contractor. Travel, lodging and childcare allowances may be paid depending on individual circumstances.
Disability Support (Subject to DfE Approval)
Disability Support Contractors (DSCs) offer additional support to people with a disability. South West College will organise this, together with the DSC, to make sure suitable arrangements are in place that will allow participants who require additional help and support to benefit fully from their training.