Learning and Work Institute Research into Cost Barriers to Learning at Level 3

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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.