Financial grants for apprentices under new Educational Award

The new award will financially support Oddfellows members in getting work-based training for their chosen career.

For many young and mature students, first degree courses or apprenticeships are a necessary step to achieving a dream career, as well as an important milestone in life. They throw up many new life challenges, as well as extra stress on the purse strings.

To give an extra helping hand with the associated costs of work-based training or education, eligible Oddfellows members can apply to be considered for an EducationalAward. The non-repayable bursaries can go towards anything from text books and vital equipment to helping out with rent, bills and other practical considerations.

This year the Oddfellows Society will be granting three new Apprenticeship Educational Awards consisting of £250 per year for the duration (maximum three years) of a member’s apprenticeship.*

The new award will financially support members in getting work-based training for their chosen career.

We hope this award will encourage more members to apply for apprenticeships in the knowledge that support is out there. Tony Luckett, Chairman of the Society

“It has been a concern to us that we only help and encourage academic young Oddfellows, and not those who are gifted in a different way,” said Tony Luckett, Chairman of the Society.

“Apprenticeships can be very poorly paid and often include extra costs for work tools on top – carpenters and joiners work kits can run to over a thousand pounds, and hairdressers face paying £200 for a single pair of scissors.

“We hope this award will encourage more members to apply for apprenticeships in the knowledge that support is out there.”

Help for first degree students

Each year, the Oddfellows grants up to three national First Degree Course Educational Awards consisting of £900 per year for the duration of a student’s first degree programme.*

Eligibility

To qualify for an Education Award candidates must have five years of continuous Oddfellows membership (Young Oddfellows membership is taken into account) and must be starting their first degree or apprenticeship. Each case is then reviewed on personal merit.

How to apply

If you’re a member and eligible, your first step is to contact your Branch Secretary for an application form. You can search for their details at: www.oddfellows.co.uk/branch-finder. The deadline for 2017 applications is Friday 8 September.

Not yet an Oddfellows member?

Financial support is just one of the many benefits of Oddfellows membership. Discover more ways to get more out of life with the Oddfellows, call us on 0800 028 1810 or email membership@oddfellows.co.uk.

*Terms and conditions apply to all financial benefits. All Oddfellows benefits are non-contractual and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Read more.