The purpose of the bursary fund is to provide financial support to learners who are in financial hardship and would find it difficult to meet the costs associated with the study. YTP has a responsibility to ensure that this money is targeted at those learners deemed by the government to be in most need. The bursary fund is limited and does run out so you should apply as early as possible.
The maximum bursary award we can provide for childcare costs is £1,200 per academic year per learner, not per child. Childcare assistance is only available for the time you spend learning and being assessed only. Your childcare provider may ask for a retainer to save your place in the nursery over these breaks. If there is such a charge you need to inform us of this when you submit your application.
We can only provide childcare for Ofsted registered providers. YTP takes no responsibility for the quality of care provided.
It is your responsibility to inform YTP if your timetable changes or if your weekly childcare costs increase or decrease. YTP cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet rises in costs throughout the year - our ability to meet any increases will depend on the funds we have available at the time. If you fail to inform us of any changes you could be asked to pay back any overpayments.
Any payments will depend on your attendance of teaching sessions and learning assessment activities with YTP. You will be expected to attend all your learning and assessment visits.
If you withdraw from the course or have any payments declined due to poor attendance, YTP will take no responsibility for the payment of outstanding fees to childcare providers.
Free Early Years Education Funding
If your child is aged between 2 and 4 you may be eligible for free early education.
All 3 and 4-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours of free education each week for 38 weeks of the year and some 2-year-olds are also eligible. Full information is available on https://www.gov.uk/find-free-early-education. If you are eligible for free early education, we expect you to use this first. The bursary fund will cover the balance for you up to £5,000.
PLEASE NOTE: Childcare payments will be paid directly to the learner and will not go to the childcare provider.
Bursary funds can offer support for travel to and from lessons, learning, and assessment activity.
Travel support is awarded on a discretionary basis and is not an automatic entitlement. Funding is limited and offered on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Whilst we aim to help all eligible learners, this may not always be possible.
If you are not eligible for travel support from your Local Authority you can apply to the YTP for help if:
Your household is in receipt of means-tested benefits or has an income below £30,000 and you travel more than 1 mile. We will check the distance from your home address to your classroom or assessment centre by using google maps.
If you are not eligible for support from either the Local Authority or YTP you still may be able to travel at a discounted student rate.
If you are awarded travel support from the YTP we will ask you for a receipt of your weekly cost of travel based on the cheapest form of public transport. We will then make payments to you monthly. Please note that any funding awarded by YTP may not cover 100% of your costs. If your award does not cover most of your costs, please contact the team on 01709 871872.
We also ask any learner who is awarded travel support to take advantage of any discounts available to them.
Books, Course Equipment or Resources
Bursary funds can offer support for essential equipment, books, or resources that are required to work towards and complete a course.
This support is awarded on a discretionary basis and is not an automatic entitlement. Funding is limited and offered on a strictly first-come, first-served basis. Whilst we aim to help all eligible learners, this may not always be possible. Where learner are eligible YTP will purchase, where possible on the learner's behalf. Where this hasn't been possible then evidence of purchase will be required when making your application.
Learners who meet the criteria, and who have a financial need, can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups. This support is for learners that are unlikely to receive any financial assistance from parents or carers, so may need a greater level of support.
Learners will be awarded the amount of support they need to participate based on an assessment of the types of costs they have.
Vulnerable groups are learners who are:
receiving Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments as well as
Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right
Do I qualify for Bursary Funds?
You can only apply for bursary funding if:
you can supply evidence of your Advanced Learning Loan / Traineeship acceptance and you have a household income of less than £30,000 or
your household receives means-tested benefits
The tables below tells you which evidence you will need to provide. You must be able to provide the evidence requested or your application will not be considered.
For further information, support or guidance contact the team:
Tel: 01709 871872
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am eligible, how, and when should I apply?
Please apply as soon as possible as funds are limited. You should submit your completed form with all the required evidence via the YTP website or post to Bursary Application Processing, Yorkshire Training Partnership Ltd, Unit 1 Enterprise Court, Fairfield Park, Manvers, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S63 5DB.
If you do wish to send a form by post, we recommend you send it by recorded delivery. YTP cannot accept responsibility for postal applications not received. If you haven’t heard from us within 7 days to confirm we have received your application, please contact the team to check we have received this.
Once all our funding has been allocated, we will take your details and add you to a waiting list.
What happens after I submit my application?
You will be notified of the outcome in writing via email or post.
If I apply will I be guaranteed to get funding?
NO. We get a limited amount of money and the demand from learners is high. This funding is not an entitlement. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to applicants who have provided evidence that they meet the criteria.
How long will it take to find out if my application is successful?
If you have submitted evidence to demonstrate that you meet the criteria, we will endeavour to respond to your application within 6-8 weeks of receipt. During peak enrolment periods it may take longer.
What happens if my application is unsuccessful or the level of funding awarded is insufficient to cover your costs?
If you are unsuccessful you will be notified of this in writing. If you are yet to enrol you will have to decide whether you can meet the costs in full without help from the bursary.
Are there any conditions on the funding I am awarded?
YES. All funding is dependent on you achieving satisfactory attendance in your classes, including any tutorials, lessons, support, or assessment sessions. We consider satisfactory attendance to be at a minimum of 80%. If you do not meet these condition payments may be delayed or cancelled, we will notify you if funding is withdrawn. You must notify your tutor before your lesson/visit if you are going to be absent or you risk affecting your bursary.
Authorised absences will not count against you.
Authorised absences include:
Unavoidable medical appointments - it is expected that you will make appointments outside of your course timetable whenever possible
Sickness covered by a doctor’s certificate
Court or probation appointment
Attendance at a funeral
Unauthorised absences include:
Any holiday is taken without advising your Learning Development Tutor, apart from a recognised religious holiday
Persistent lateness for no good reason
How long will it take to find out if my application is successful?
If you have submitted evidence to demonstrate that you meet the criteria, we will endeavour to respond to your application within 2-4 weeks of receipt. During peak enrolment periods it may take longer.
Can I receive funding for more than one course?
Funding is limited and we aim to help as many learners as possible so each applicant will only be funded for one full-length course per academic year.
What happens if I do not agree with the decision?
If funds are available in the fund you have a right to appeal the decision made. YTP hopes to accept all applications for bursary funding to make the learning experience for all learners as effective as possible. However, if a learner disagrees with the outcome of the application, they have the right to appeal in writing to Bursary Appeal, Yorkshire Training Partnership, Unit 1 Enterprise Court, Fairfield Park, Manvers, Rotherham, S63 5BD.