What is Foundation Learning?
It’s a programme you can do to help you get into college, an apprenticeship or a job.
Who can do Foundation Learning?
Anyone who is aged 16 to 18 and not already on a course, an apprenticeship or a job and have not done a similar programme before. In special situations people up to age 25 may be able to do it. For example if you have been ill or taken time out to have a baby.
Will I get paid?
You may get travel expenses and the costs of any childcare. Your parents should be able to carry on claiming Child Benefit and usually Child Tax Credits for you.
You may also be able to apply for money from an Access or Hardship fund. There is a limited amount of cash available and it will go to the most needy students – ask your provider for details.
Where can I find out more?
Talk to your careers adviser in school, or if you’ve left school, visit the Connexions centre.
These programmes can help you to get ready for work or further learning. You will have a programme worked out for you that meets your needs. It can help you gain confidence and learn life skills. You can also learn job-hunting skills and choose which job to train for by trying out different ones. You will get certificates to show what you can do. Having completed a programme you should be able to move on to an apprenticeship, go to college or get a job.
If you think you might be interested in one of these programmes talk to your careers adviser who will be able to help you find a suitable programme.
Applying for Foundation Learning
- In Year 11 you can apply for Foundation Learning on LeCAP (Leicester and Leicestershire Common Application Process).
- Your school will give you a username and password for the LeCAP website and help you to complete the online form. You can apply to Foundation Learning by ticking a box in the Choices section of your LeCAP form.
- Your Connexions adviser will then meet you and arrange interviews with suitable Foundation Learning providers.
- To apply after you leave school contact your local Connexions Centre to see an adviser.