Skip to content

Free courses for jobs (level 3 qualifications) (England only)

Two men watching another man work at a computer.

If you don’t have a level 3 qualification, you may be eligible for free training designed to help you expand your job opportunities and which could potentially lead to earning a higher wage. It could give you the skills to start a job in a new job or sector you may not have considered before.

The offer:

  • These courses link to a large range of sectors, including accounting, digital, health and social care, construction, early years, catering, agriculture and more
  • They lead to level 3 qualifications (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or A levels)
  • Gaining a level 3 qualification could boost your income and help you stand out to employers

Available to:

  • People aged over 19 and living in England
  • People who are unemployed, earn below the National Living Wage, or do not already have a level 3 qualification

Time and course type:

  • Courses vary in length from a few weeks to a year
  • These are flexible courses, offering full-time, part-time, online and classroom-based


  • Courses are free
  • You may also be able to get additional financial support to pay for childcare, travel and other costs. Speak to your course provider to find out what support is available

Further information:

Find out more about free courses for jobs (external website) and the training providers offering free level 3 qualifications (external website).

You can also search for a free course (external website) to suit you.

Find out about skills and work in Scotland (external website) and Wales (external website).

Apprentice working with 3D printer


An apprenticeship is a real job with the opportunity to earn while you learn and gain experience. Apprenticeships can suit people at any stage ...

read articleaboutApprenticeships
Two women in protective clothing on a buildig site.

Skills Bootcamps

If you are looking to update your skills to progress in your current job or to move into a different role, a Skills Bootcamp ...

read articleaboutSkills Bootcamps