Training to be a qualified Shiatsu practitioner is a substantial commitment, both in terms of time and money. It will typically take three years of part-time study. Most schools offer training one weekend per month.
Depending on where you live, your age and status, funding may be available. It is well worth doing some research and following up some of the leads below – you might find it is easier to become a professional Shiatsu practitioner than you think!
Government Funding system for further education: 24+ advanced learning loans
The Government are bringing in a new type of student loan for learners aged 24 and over - the 24+ advanced learning loan. This will apply to learners starting their course or apprenticeship from 1 August 2013.
Learners will be able to apply for the new loans if they’re in further education or training (level 3, level 4, and advanced and higher apprenticeships). They’ll replace government grants for this group. You can find out more about 24+ advanced learning loans from the Skills Funding Agency and the Student Loans Company.
The Prince’s Trust
If you are between 16 and 25 years old and have been unemployed for a period of time and would like to start up in a business or develop your skills, The Prince’s Trust is worth contacting. They provide a mentoring service, personal development and training programmes, and cash development awards.
Winston Churchill Trust/Scholarships
The Winston Churchill Trust can pay for you to work abroad for 12 weeks to bring back the knowledge you gain. You need to have a passion for Shiatsu and be a person who cannot resist sharing your passion and inspiring others.
Business Link is a free business advice and support service, available online and through local advisers. There is a Business Link in most towns around the UK. While Business Link do not themselves offer grants, a few Shiatsu students have been helped with funding through them.
Scotscare is a charity created by Scots for Scots in London. 37 Kings Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JS. Telephone: 0207 2403718.
The GRANTnet website holds details of over 5,000 funding schemes available across the UK. They are directed at the public, private, charitable, and voluntary and community sectors.
Professional and Career Development Loans
A Professional and Career Development Loan is a bank loan of between £300 and £10,000. Once you’ve stopped studying, you pay it back in the normal way. The difference is that while you are studying, the interest on the loan is paid – and for one month afterwards. After this, you pay interest at the rate fixed when you took out the loan. Interest rates are competitive with other commercially available ‘unsecured’ personal loans. Directgov - Professional and Career Development Loans