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Benefits made simple

Welfare benefits law is complex. Our high quality, learner-centred courses will simplify the benefits system allowing you to guide your service users through the information maze.

We deliver open and in-house welfare benefits training courses and consultancy to staff working in public, private and community organisations. We offer training on all areas of the benefits and tax credit system, including welfare reform. And all our courses include 12 months ongoing access to our expert advice.

The Benefits Training Company is an independent organisation led by benefits trainer and consultant, David Stickland.


David ​and the team have delivered over 2000 courses to the advice sector over the last 12 years and all our trainers are recognised as experts in their field. Together they design and deliver welfare benefits courses as well as offering consultancy for national programs including those of Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Shelter, Citizens Advice and Advice UK as well as for many local authorities, housing associations, law firms, charities and others.

  • We ​offer 12 months inclusive post-course benefits advice and support to every named attendee


  • Our courses are interactive and engaging

  • Our trainers are specialists in both benefits and training


  • ​We offer comprehensive, regularly updated training packs


  • All our courses can be tailored and booked to take place at your venue

  • Our courses can be priced to suit your organisation's budget

We run open and in-house courses, with 12 months access to specialist support,  on:


  • Introduction to Welfare Benefits

  • Universal Credit Overview

  • Universal Credit & the Benefits System

  • Universal Credit & Help to Claim

  • Universal Credit: The Housing Element

  • Universal Credit in Practice

  • Disability & Carers' Benefits

  • Limited Capability for Work (ESA/UC)

  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

  • Challenging PIP Decisions

  • Preparing for an Appeal Tribunal

  • Benefits for EEA Nationals

  • Introduction to Debt Advice

  • Housing Benefit & DHPs

  • NEW Benefits: The Problem Areas

  • Benefits for Older People

  • Benefits for Students

  • Bespoke courses on request

Coming up

We have a brand new course on Fri 31st January, London EC1. Benefits: The Problem Areas has been written specifically to give those who have a general understanding of benefits a further insight into how to deal with the main recurrent issues. Especially good for anyone whose post course support is about to expire!

Universal Credit The Housing Element; London N7, Tues 28th Jan. How UC affects housing benefit and how it is claimed and paid. Led by Michael Chambers.

ESA/UC: Limited Capability for Work; London EC1; Tues 4th February. Updates to sickness benefit since Universal Credit. Led by Andy Poole

An Introduction to Debt Advice; London N7; Wed 5th February. Debt advice, guidance and a good day all round led by the money advice master, Michael Chambers.

Disability & Carers' Benefits; London N7; Wed 26th February. An excellent overview of benefits for people with a disability or long term health condition. Led by David Stickland.

What they say


Very informative. Very knowledgeable about UC. Kept my attention throughout the day.


Very confident & knowedgable trainer, great style of presenting. Very informative and well-worth attending.


Really well structured with an engaging. responsive and knowledgable trainer.



Interactive and kept us awake! So much good information on this course to use in my day to day work.

John, Citizens Advice Milton Keynes


Karen, Abilities Development Ltd



Ian, Royal College of Nursing

Michelle, Migrant Help UK


FOR 12 MONTHS' FREE EXPERT BENEFITS SUPPORT,  book onto one of our open courses (or book an in-house course for your organisation). Any Benefits Training Co. course attendees wanting further advice with specific cases should contact the email address on their e-certificate.

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