Policy paper

National retraining scheme

The national retraining scheme was announced in 2017 to help adults to retrain as the economy changes.

This was published under the 2016 to 2019 May Conservative government


National retraining scheme: key findings paper


The national retraining scheme has been integrated with the government’s new £2.5bn national skills fund.

This document covers:

  • what we learned in developing the national retraining scheme
  • how we are using this evidence to inform the national skills fund and other adult skills services

Read further research on Engaging employers in the national retraining scheme and Engaging FE providers in the national retraining scheme.

Updates to this page

Published 18 July 2019
Last updated 18 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added link to 2 research reports.

  2. Replaced the national training scheme document with the national training scheme key findings paper and removed 'National retraining scheme: associated projects'.

  3. Update with information about the latest rollout of the Get help to retrain service.

  4. Updated to show users in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and West Midlands Combined Authority areas can now test the 'Get help to retrain' service, which has seen increased functionality since its initial launch.

  5. First published.

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