Careers Advice & Learner Support

If you’re looking for advice and guidance on any of our courses, internal and external progression, student finance, travel etc you can speak to one of our specialist advisers.

Appointments can be booked by email via:  or call (01472) 311222 ext: 311 or 217  or call (01472) 311222 ext: 472  or call (01472) 311222 ext: 400 or 434

Learner Support
The Learner Services team are here to help you with all your financial matters. Depending on your personal circumstances you may be eligible for financial support funds so we want to make sure you have all the help you need to receive these.  The available schemes are:

16-19 Bursary (provided by the Government)
Care to Learn Scheme (provided by the Government)
Army Further Education Bursary (provided by the Ministry of Defence)

Guaranteed bursary support for vulnerable young people
Young people who are classed by the Education Funding Agency as vulnerable young people are eligible for a guaranteed bursary to support them on their main programme of study worth up to £1,200. This may be paid in the form of travel support, meal vouchers, kit and equipment and educational visits. Learners have to meet residency criteria and be on and eligible course (e.g. Not university, paid apprenticeships or on a temporary license). The learners also have to be aged between 16-18 years on 31 August 2016 and provide evidence that they are either in local authority care or care leavers or be in receipt of income support in their own name, or in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or both Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments. NB: As it is a bursary relating to participation in college, deductions are made for low attendance. If the course is less than 30 weeks duration, a pro rata bursary award can be made.

16-19 Discretionary Learner Support Fund
Eligible learners can get help with the costs of kit and equipment, travel, meals and trips and travel. We will need to carry out an assessment of your household income to confirm if you are eligible. The scheme has been really helpful to hundreds of learners at the Institute, so if you’d like to find out more call the finance team on (01472) 311222 ext: 400 or 434 or email

Army Further Education Bursary
The Army offer a further education bursary to young people who want to gain a qualification before joining the regular Army. Its aim is to support you while you study at the Institute and what’s more you get a guaranteed training place when you finish your studies with us. The bursary is worth £1,000 for each year of study (up to four years), and a £1,000 bonus when you complete Phase 1 training. It is available for Level 2 or 3 vocational courses. To apply you have to be aged between 16 and 31 years old. To find out more, please speak to an Army Careers Adviser. Visit or contact our Careers Advisers on (01472) 311222 ext: 311 or email