Educational and vocational grants

Educational and vocational grants

We offer educational and vocational grants to support you with training needs and university costs.

As part of the grants available this year, we are offering 20 scholarships to help retail employees and their dependants.

  • Educational grants can cover university costs for you or your dependants such as course fees and accommodation.
  • Vocational grants can help if you have recently been made redundant and are looking to re-skill within retail. We can cover a range of costs including course fees, training and qualifications.

Please note:

  • You must work in retail or have previously worked in retail to apply for these grants.
  • Up to £2,500 is available per grant per year.
  • If successful, the grant can be paid directly to the supplier or provider.
  • We will only award funding to applicants with a combined household income of no more than £50,000.
  • We will only award funding to applicants with an individual income of no more than £30,000.
  • If successful, we will contact you to complete a feedback survey.

All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Your application will be assessed and once a decision has been made, you will be contacted by email or telephone.

Guidance before you apply

Please gather all your documentation before you start completing your application. All documents must be submitted at the point of application such as proof of service, financial status and quotes. Failure to upload these documents within 14 days of completing the application will result in the application being closed automatically by the system.

If you are seeking tuition or training fees, we require:

  • A quote or confirmed offer from the university, college or course provider.
  • Proof of your retail employment, such as three recent payslips or a letter from your Human Resources department on official company paper.
  • A bank statement dated within the last 90 days.
  • A detailed covering letter or supporting statement in the summary box is required to support your application.

If you are looking for support with university accommodation, we require:

  • An official quote for on or off campus accommodation fees.
  • Proof of your retail employment, such as three recent payslips or a letter from your Human Resources department.
  • A bank statement dated within the last 90 days.
  • A detailed covering letter or supporting statement in the summary box is required to support your application.

If you require funding for university materials please supply:

  • An official quote such as a course reading list.

Click here to apply for an educational or vocational grant