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Funding your Naming and Couples Celebrant Training

You may be able to source funding for your Diploma course. Do not hesitate to provide our contact details to organisations from whom you are seeking funding and we will help as far as we are able.

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with course fees if you are 19 or older and have been resident in the UK for 3 years.

The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It’s easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check.

Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

Here are some key facts about the loan:

  • Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.
  • You only start making repayments from the April following the end of your course and when you are earning over £26,575 a year (includes income from ALL work that you do). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, but you can make voluntary repayments at any time.

Further details are available on the .gov website  https://www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan/what-you-pay

  • You pay 9% of the money you earn over the threshold limit, before tax.
  • Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%, depending on how much you earn. The current interest rate is 1.1%.

Loans are not means tested (or subject to credit checks) and current employment status is not considered. Partial loans are also available. You can take out up to 4 Advanced Learner Loans and can therefore apply for both the Funeral Celebrancy Diploma and the Naming & Couples Celebrancy Diploma.

England & Wales: Enterprise Allowance

The government’s ‘Enterprise Allowance’ often provides full funding for those wishing to take this qualification. It all depends on your personal circumstances and is often applicable to those who have been or are being made redundant. You need to contact your local Job Centre Plus about the scheme and they will decide whether to put forward an application to fund you. If they do, then we are contacted and receive the funding directly. Tell your Job Centre Plus that Civil Ceremonies Ltd is the learning provider you are looking to train with. Before you contact them, call us for more information that you can take with you.

For more information see https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-enterprise-allowance-campaign

ELCAS approved (Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme) Training Provider.

Civil Ceremonies is an ELCAS approved training provider (Provider no 2242), so if you are leaving the armed forces then you can use the scheme to pay for your celebrant training.

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        IT Skills you will need both during your training and working as a celebrant

        Do you have the following skills:

        1. Ability in creating, naming, using, saving and retrieving files and folders.
        2. Familiarity with using your version of Word (or similar software).
        3. Understanding of toolbars and icons.
        4. Ability to copy and paste sections of text.
        5. An understanding of ‘track changes’ and how to use this function.
        6. Ability to bold, underline and italicise text.
        7. Be able to change font type, size and colour.
        8. Ability to centre text in the middle of a page and right and left justify it.
        9. Be able to alter line spacing in a document and insert a page break.
        10. Be able to use the undo and redo functions.
        11. Understand how the tab key works.
        12. Ability to use headers and footers, bullet points and numbering
        13. Understanding of the difference between ‘Save’ and ‘Save As’.

        If you said ‘yes’ to all of the above then you have good basic skills.

        If you have answered ‘no’ to any of the above then you will need to improve your basic skills before starting the course. This can be done in a few hours by using one or more of the free online tutorials available on the internet.