Animal Care Course Funding

Please note that we do accept course payment via instalments. If necessary, payments can be made as and when you can afford them.

However, should you require further funding assistance, we suggest you contact your local Job Centre who may be able to assist you.

Alternatively, here are a few web links to organisations that may be able to help with our animal care course funding.


Princes Trust Grant

The Princes Trust offers Development Award grants of up to £500 to help young people get into education, training or employment. Apply for animal care course funding by getting in touch with the Princes Trust. You will need to explain which course you need the funding for, how much the course costs, whether you have looked into other possible sources of funding and that the funding help you into education, training or work.

Applicants must live in the UK and be either:

* Aged 14-16 and not expecting to achieve five GCSEs (or equivalent) grades A-C: Click here for more information about Development Awards.

OR

* Aged 16-25 and not in education, training or employment: Click here for more information about Development Awards.


The Princes Trust also offers Enterprise Programme Grants for setting up your own business:

Applicants must live in the UK and be:

Aged 18 - 30 and unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week AND have a business idea you want to explore (such as dog grooming, dog walking, boarding cattery, dog training, pet shop owner, pet sitting, dog boarding, etc): Click here to apply for the Princes Trust Enterprise Programme Grant.


Professional and Career Development Loans

Loans through PCDL are available for the Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma course, African Wildlife Studies Diploma course, the Animal Nursing Assistant Course and the Veterinary Care Assistant Diploma course.

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loans product. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. 

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the Loan is right for you. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning visit, www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900. 

The Animal Jobs Direct is an Approved Learning Provider. Our Registration Number is: 20783.


Career Transition Partnership


The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is the Ministry of Defence working with Right Management. Service leavers of all ranks from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Marines can all benefit from resettlement support, career transition advice and training opportunities.

Animal Jobs Direct is a preferred supplier to the CTP and we can accept Individual Resettlement Training Costs (IRTC) funding and Resettlement Grant (RG) funding:

a) The IRTC grant is available to Service leavers with six or more years’ service and all Medical Discharges.

b) Resettlement Grant (RG): The RG is paid only if there are no other terminal benefits due. The amount payable depends on length of Service and on which pension type the Service Leaver is on. 

In addition, entitled Service leavers can make claims for travel and subsistence allowances relevant to training.


Animal Jobs Direct is an Approved ELCAS Course Provider

The Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) is an initiative to encourage lifelong learning for members of the Armed Forces. It scheme provides financial support (by means of an up-front payment) for higher level courses (Level 3 and above).

Animal Jobs Direct is an Approved Course Provider for the MOD through the ELCAS scheme. Our provider ID number is 5409.  

Please click here for more information about the ELCAS process. 

Please note that the ELCAS programme is currently on HOLD. Service Leavers are encouraged to use their Individual Resettlement Training Costs (IRTC) funding and Resettlement Grant (RG) funding for our training courses.


Useful Funding Links for the Armed Forces

Veterans Aid

The Soldiers Charity

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund


Adult Dependants' Grant

Full-time students in higher education with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to £2,642.


Altrusa Careers Trust

The aim of the Trust is to enable those without access to financial support in the UK and Ireland to improve their career prospects. The Altrusa Careers Trust gives grants to those who are struggling to gain qualifications. These qualifications will enable them to secure jobs which will provide sufficient income to support them and their families. The Trust funds to a maximum of £500 and applications must be in by March 31st.


Bishop Laneys Charity 

Assists students further their education through the giving of grants of up to £3,000 awarded to those aged 25 or under and living in the parishes of Soham and Ely.


Disabled Students' Allowances

There are special funds and allowances available for students with disabilities. The main source of financial assistance is a Disabled Students' Allowance, (DSA) available from your Local Authority (LA).


Family Action Organisation 

Provides information about educational grants and has a grants search facility that helps you identify appropriate charitable funding for education or training based on your circumstances and needs.


Family Fund Helping Disabled Children

Will look at any grant request that relates to the needs of a disabled or seriously ill child, young person and their family. They assist young people aged 17 and under with grants that have particular meaning to their age group, such as equipment for college. 


Ford Motor Company Employees

Ford offer an Employee Development and Assistance Programme (EDAP) to all their employees. This initiative 
is designed to broaden the development of Ford employees by funding approved non-job related training of up to £200 per year.


Futures for Women 

Assists women of all ages seeking to improve their career prospects through training and further education. This charity provides interest free loans, repayable at realistic rates once the grantee is in work. The charity doesn't fund distance learning courses but may fund practical/hands-on training.


Helena Kennedy Foundation Trust 

Provides bursaries of up to £1,500 to students wanting to take a higher diploma for the first time.The Foundation's beneficiaries are primarily students experiencing severe financial hardship as well as social and cultural disadvantage, combined with difficult personal circumstances. Applications must be submitted between 1st January and 31st March.


Hilda Martindale Educational Trust 

Funding is available to British women pursuing a profession or career which will benefit the community and for which vocational training is required. Applicants need to have exhausted all other possibilities. Grants are of less than £1000. The closing date for applications is 1 March.


James Marshall Foundation

Makes grants to residents of Wheathampstead and Harpenden who are under 25, where costs involved in education, training or work opportunities are beyond their resources or those of their family.


Lawrence Atwell's Charity 

Aims to help young people free themselves from poverty and disadvantage by heading into the job they want. The charity provides funding for 16 - 26 year olds studying for a vocational qualification or employment.


Sir Walter St. John's Educational Charity

Applicants for student grants must be under 25 and permanently resident in the Boroughs of Wandsworth or Lambeth. Applicants must have been living in the area for at least six months.


Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

Are an agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support to eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK. This website provides information on all types of student funding available and allows you to apply for your financial support. 


Scotscare Charity 

If you have lived within 35 miles of Charing Cross for a minimum of two years and are on low income, we may be able to help you with your studies and give you the support you need to carry on your studies. Our training grants help Scots of all ages expand their skills base and break into a new line of work every year by providing a little extra financial support for fees, course books and even computers. If your training will help you secure future employment, we’re there to help you achieve your goals.


Soroptimist Diamond Education Grant 

Its purpose is to provide grants to assist women to update their skills after employment breaks or to acquire new skills to improve their opportunities for employment and promotion. Awards are made to help towards the cost of course fees or books/equipment, not for living expenses. The deadline for applications is 15th April.


Thomas Wall Trust 

Provides small grants to assist people with the cost of training courses that improve their chances of employment. Grants do not usually exceed £1,000 and may be offered towards fees, equipment or any other relevant study costs.


Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education  

Provides small awards to help British women (aged over 21) who cannot finance their chosen educational course from their own resources and who do not qualify for local authority support.  The Awards Committee meets four times a year to consider the applications for grants and funds training up to £500.