Qualifications in COVID-19 support packages

The qualifications Education and Skills Funding Agency will fund to support economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.



The Chancellor has agreed a package of measures to boost skills and support the labour market to recover from the COVID-19 outbreak. The package will:

  • support young people at added risk of unemployment and help them access training to boost their employability
  • sit alongside the guidance already issued for further education colleges

On 8 July 2020, the Chancellor announced exceptional funding as part of the wider COVID-19 skills recovery response. We are prioritising getting young people into work, an apprentice or other work-based training. Where these are not available, this is an offer of additional one-year courses in high value subjects to prevent students aged 18 and 19 from becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training).

We have also published information on the policy intent and key information on the proposed funding arrangements.

Published 16 July 2020
Last updated 12 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. An updated list of the level 2 and level 3 qualifications included in the high value courses for school and college leavers offer has been added.

  2. First published.