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Prospect and its ULRs can apply for external funding for projects to promote learning and skills in the workplace. Eligibility criteria for funding in the UK changes on a regular basis, so it is important to check the relevant websites and awarding bodies for up-to-date information.

In brief, most majority funding is targeted at adults who do not currently hold a Level 2 qualification (equivalent to 5 GCSEs grades A-C). However, recent changes to government policy mean there is now more flexibility regarding funding for adults with qualifications above Level 2.

Details of various funding opportunities are listed below.

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Open University - membership offers

OU logoProspect members are eligible for a 10% discount on OU Level 1 course fees.

Members of the TUC, ITUC, STUC or WTUC and all its affiliated unions - including Prospect - also receive 10% discount on all products including self-study workbooks, cassettes, CDs, videos, DVDs and software.

For more information on courses and other union offers, visit, telephone 0845 300 60 90 or email Please quote: 'Union' when registering by phone or online (terms and conditions apply).

Don't forget there's also a whole range of financial support available when you study with the OU - visit for details.

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OpenLearn is a range of free online learning resources from The Open University at


unionlearn and careers advice service

unionlearn logoThe unionlearn learning and careers advice service is a free, impartial, confidential service which helps people to develop new skills, improve their job prospects or change jobs. This service is for all unionlearn and union staff, TU Education tutors, union representatives and union members.

Its website - - contains:

  • a course directory for learners, which includes more than 950,000 courses from over 10,000 providers. Search online to find courses in your area.
  • a job profiles section which allows you to search more than 700 job profiles online.
  • free expert advice on learning or career options. Ask for a unionlearn adviser to call you back at a time that suits you. All calls are completely free:
  • 08000 92 91 90. (not from mobile phones)
  • funding directory - a vital tool to help find reliable funding from non-charitable sources to help support education and learning.
  • CV builder - all you need to create a job-winning CV, application form and covering letter.
  • skills and interest assessment to identify key skills and explore a range of relevant career options.
  • career values tool - an online activity made up of a series of questions designed to help learners make the most suitable career decisions based on what they think is most important in a job.

Outside England

In Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, funding and learning initiatives are different to those in England.