I thought I'd just share with you what my 'long way around' was, may give you an alternate idea:
The bank refused my application for finance for training but approved my (third attempt) for finance on a property. I bought, developed, then sold the property for a reasonable sum and had ample funds for my training costs, repay the loan and to pay the tax (grrr!). I guess it was a bit of good luck on my side that the property increased in value quite quickly, although I did do a lot of thinking and alot of research to find the right investment. This was all achieved in about 9 months.
Time is the essence unfortunately and you sound like you are on a mission with a goal to achieve. But believe me, if you want something bad enough you will find a means to an end.
Again, good luck mate.