The Learning and Work Institute conducted research on behalf of the Department for Education to understand the cost barriers to Level 3 learning and the potential impact of additional financial support being available. Key findings included:
Over half (54 per cent) of learners said that they struggled to cover their living costs to some extent while learning.
Of those who were employed prior to taking part in learning, four in ten (42 per cent) had to reduce their working hours or stop working.
More than two in five (44 per cent) learners had not heard of Learner Support or the Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund.