This course will help anyone working with young people aged 16-21 to get to grips with the complex and changing benefit rules that apply, particularly when going into further education.
For those advising higher education students, please see our course on Students and Universal Credit instead.
The course covers:
Differing eligibility for universal credit for those aged 16/17 year and those aged 18 or over.
Calculation of universal credit for young people, especially those in further education, but also apprenticeships, voluntary work, working or in supported accommodation.
How universal credit operates for specific groups, in or out of education, such as carers, parents, young couples, and people with health and disability issues, looked-after children and care-leavers and those living away from parents.
How Universal Credit is affected by funding such as the 16-19 year olds Bursary, Care to Learn, Advanced Learner and Discretionary Support.
Changes brought about by coronavirus, special job schemes and recent relevant caselaw.
Please note this course will not cover benefit rules and funding arrangements which apply only in Scotland.
Methods of delivery and timings
This half-day Introductory level course runs from 10.00 to 13.00, with a 30 minute break at 11.15. It is delivered live online, via Zoom, with CPAG trainer Gary Vaux.
It is a practical course delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, exercises and group discussion. Participants will be provided with supporting e-learning material, including PowerPoint slides and access to exercises and activities hosted on CPAG’s e-learning platform.
What you will need
Participants will need a Wi-Fi connection and a suitable device to access the internet. Prior to the event, participants will receive an email with a link which they should use to join the event and access supporting materials.