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Higher and Further Education institutions and training providers
EU funding: Horizon and Erasmus+

Staff and students

EU Settlement Scheme

EU citizens and their families resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 need to apply to the Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021. This will mean they can continue to live and work in Wales following the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Welsh Government provides support for those who will benefit from citizens’ rights (‘Settled Status’) under the EU Withdrawal Agreement. The Welsh Government also supports Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

Further information

Stay in the UK ('settled status'): step by step on GOV.UK

Staff and students from the EU arriving after 31 December 2020

In Wales, we will continue to welcome people from the EU, including UK nationals living in the EEA or Switzerland, to work or study in Wales.

Nationals from the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who intend to study in Wales from 1 January 2021 will need to apply through the new Student route before coming to the UK.

All students who started a course before 1 August 2021 will continue to receive support for the duration of their course. EU students should speak to their university’s student finance office or visit the Student Finance Wales website for more information about the support available.

EU students who are not settled and begin a course of higher or further education on or after 1 August 2021 will not be eligible for support or, in the case of higher education courses, home fee status. Irish nationals will however still be eligible for support under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Subject to legislation being made, the Welsh Government will provide support to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who benefit from citizens’ rights under the various withdrawal agreements, family members of People of Northern Ireland, Children of Swiss nationals, Children of Turkish Workers, UK nationals living in the EEA and Switzerland, UK and EU nationals resident in Gibraltar, and British and Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area arrangement who start a course on or after 1 August 2021. Some groups will have support limited to courses beginning before 1 January 2028. All groups will benefit from home fee status in Wales. In addition, UK nationals living in the British overseas territories will be eligible for home fee status, as will, until 1 January 2028, UK nationals living in the EU overseas territories. As is usual, residency conditions will apply.

Further information

New immigration system: what you need to know on GOV.UK

If you are a UK national living in the EU but have never lived in the UK

The Welsh Government will continue to enable access to home fee status, student support and access to Further Education and apprenticeships until 1 August 2021.

We want to provide assurance that the UK’s exit from the EU will not affect UK nationals’, currently living in the EEA or Switzerland, eligibility for student support or access to further education and apprenticeships in Wales until 1 August 2021.

The Welsh Government will, subject to legislation being made, provide support to a United Kingdom national resident in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, or in the United Kingdom immediately following a period of residence in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, for courses beginning between 1 August 2021 and 1 January 2028. They will also be eligible for home fee status.

If you wish to study in Wales you should contact Student Finance Wales for further information. For studies in another UK country, contact the relevant student funding body for further information on your eligibility for student finance support.

If you are a UK national continuing your studies in the EU from 1 January 2021

You should contact your higher education provider to check on your individual situation.

Further information

UK students in the EU: continuing your studies from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK

FE and Apprenticeships Eligibility for places and funding in academic year 2020/21

Anyone in Wales who is 16 or over can apply for an apprenticeship and benefit from the opportunities offered. Learners aged 15 who have reached statutory school leaving age are also eligible to apply.

Anyone working in Wales who has left statutory education (usually those 16 or over) and with the right to live and work in the UK can apply for an apprenticeship and benefit from the opportunities offered; Welsh Government funding will be available to enable completion of the apprentice’s Apprenticeship Learning Plan.

For more information about becoming an apprentice visit careerswales.com.

Business and apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are designed around the needs of the employer and can help transform your business by offering a route to find fresh new talent. Apprentices work alongside experienced employees to gain on the job skills while receiving outside training from an approved college or training provider. You cover their wages and Welsh Government offers support with some of the training costs.

By recruiting an apprentice you can reduce costs, create a pool of talent and a skilled workforce, expand your business and much more. All businesses in Wales of any size can benefit so register your interest now to find out more and recruit your apprentices today at the Business Wales Skills Gateway.

Higher and Further Education institutions and training providers

Data protection

Now that the UK has left the EU, institutions should take the necessary steps to ensure that they remain compliant with data protection laws.

Checking for EEA teacher sanctions or restrictions

From 1 January 2021, the Education Workforce Council (EWC) will no longer receive from EEA professional regulating authorities, details of those teachers who have been sanctioned, post exit, in EEA member states. 

In this case, it is important that colleges in Wales use the same processes and safer recruitment checks they perform when employing an individual from the rest of the world, as well as implementing any further checks they feel are appropriate.

Further information

Recruiting and sponsoring international students and staff on GOV.UK
Overseas placements and trips on GOV.UK
How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021 on GOV.UK
Providing services and travelling for business to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein: country guides on GOV.UK
Intellectual property on GOV.UK

EU funding: Horizon and Erasmus+

Erasmus+

The UK government has chosen not to participate in the new Erasmus+ programme. Existing projects will be able to continue for their duration. 

The Turing Scheme will be launched soon, and will provide a limited replacement for some parts of Erasmus+ across the UK. Those activities will start in the academic year 2021/22. The Welsh Government is continuing to explore all options, including whether it is possible to participate in Erasmus+ in future.

Horizon

The decision of UK government to fully associate to Horizon Europe is welcome. It reflects our consistent call which was widely supported by stakeholders in Wales.

We recognise the value of the UK being part of the European research and innovation programmes and are working to facilitate the transition from current to future programmes.

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