It would seem that in the current climate many people are looking to retrain or upskill, and depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to funding for courses in the hair, beauty, makeup, fitness or complimentary therapy sectors.
We have had lots of calls to the Waverley Academy office over the last few months from persons wondering if they could access funding to do any of our courses. So I decided to do some research and contact the various state agencies to get some information. I thought it would be a reasonably simple peace of research, but there doesn’t seem to be a cohesive policy on the issuing of training/education funds, although I do hope the following information will be of some help.<!–more–>
The good news is that there is funding available, but it very much depends on individual circumstances. If you are unemployed you should sign on at your local dole office and register with FAS at your local FAS office in order to try and access funding. It would seem that two categories giving preference for funding are persons unemployed, or persons in receipt of some form of social welfare benefit. So if you are looking to retrain, up skill or return to education, two of the main offices that you can contact are
Local employment services, known as LES offices ( also distinguished by the “Obair” logo). Theses offices offer a wide range of services from career planning to job searching and also have a role in accessing funding. It would also seem that they can advise you if you are entitled to funding and how and where to get it. I would think this would be a very good starting point and a quick phone call or visit might save you a lot of work. (contact details at bottom of article)
Local social welfare offices, which have a ‘jobs facilitator’. Social welfare also have a role to play in issuing funding for training/education which is mainly via the local welfare offices and the jobs facilitator. You can be referred by social welfare or FAS to the jobs facilitator or you can contact them directly and make an appointment. (contact details at the end of this article)
The role of FAS and Department of Social Protection
In recent times, many of the services provided by FAS have been transferred to the Department of Social Protection, however many of the services, offices, personal and programs remain the same.
One of the main functions is still to provide training for its clients. They also play a role in assisting with career planning via their guidance officers in local offices. The main priority of FAS at local level would be to help you identify a course or career which they can provide through their own training programmes. However in some cases, they may provide you with funding or help you access funding, for courses which they do not provide, or if there is a long waiting list for a course which they provide. (see bottom of article for contact details)
Irrespective of which agency you choose to contact, it is important that you have some sort of a ‘career plan’ that incorporates the course which you are looking for funding for. The person who is issuing, or making recommendations for the funds to be issued, will need to know that the course will enhance your career or employment prospects, or lead to self employment, and may also form part of a progressive education pathway.
When you enter the home page look to the left hand menu and click on “les offices” for list of contacts.
When you enter the home page look at the menu at the top of the page and click on “contact us” this brings you to a list if services the first one is “socialwelfare and local branch offices” click on this for list of contacts.
When you enter the FAS home page click on ‘job seeker’ , when you enter job seeker section read down through the text and click on ‘fas office’ for list of local offices.
I do hope this information will be of help to you and good luck with your efforts.
D O K