Training can boost your skills and make you more employable. Listing recent training on your CV can give a positive impression to recruiters, particularly if you have little work experience.

Think about what kind of training is right for you

You should think about:
  • what skills or knowledge you need to get the kind of job you want
  • your current skill level and experience (such as GCSEs, A-levels, vocational training, work experience)
  • what kind of training would help you to get the skills you need.
  • Your budget, whether you can afford a specific course, and whether it is likely to be worth the money.
Training can help you to get specific roles. More general training can help you to get a broader range of jobs. For example, courses on presentation skills or time management can make you more employable.

It may help to make a list of what you’re good at. People who know you well could help you to do this, or you could use a tool like the National Careers Service Skills Health Check. This free service uses quizzes, jobs skills tests and other activities to help you identify your skills. It will also help you explore your interests and motivations. 

What job interests you? 

You can search for roles, and the skills needed, on the National Careers Service’s job profiles page. Use these profiles to identify whether you need any additional skills or qualifications to be able to do the job you want.

Types of training

If you need specialist equipment or support, the college will often provide these. If you’re working, your employer could pay for all or some of your training.

Short or one-day training courses

Shorter courses can provide useful skills and certificates. These could range from software training and emergency first aid to negotiation and presentation skills. One-day courses can be a great way to enhance your CV with minimal cost.

Academic courses

Academic qualifications include GCSEs, A-levels and degrees. Some employers will ask for qualifications in specific subjects.

Vocational courses

These tend to focus on practical skills that you will need in a specific role or field. Examples of vocational courses include IT, construction, catering, hairdressing and hospitality.

Apprenticeship schemes

Sometimes learning on the job is the best way to learn new skills. Apprenticeships are a mix of work and study. They combine on-the-job training with classroom or home-based learning.

At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive a recognised qualification.

Download a pdf guide to apprenticeships (Disability Rights UK)

Find an apprenticeship (gov.uk)

Traineeships 

A traineeship is a course with work experience for 16 to 24 year olds. You can get help with English and maths if you need it. You won’t be paid, but you might get expenses. 

Find a traineeship (gov.uk)

Access to Higher Education Diploma

A qualification for people who want to go to university, but who don’t have traditional qualifications like GCSEs or A-levels.

Access to Higher Education

 

How to find training opportunities

Natspec allows disabled people to search for specialist colleges nationwide, including both residential and non-residential options.

If you have a work coach, your local jobcentre might be able to find training in your area.

Finding training opportunities

Specialist Employability Support is a Government scheme that offers 12 months of support and training from an organisation of your choice. You may be able to apply if you are unemployed and have a condition or impairment that affects the work you can do.

Scope offers employment training.

First Step Trust provides opportunities and job training for disabled people.

Find an apprenticeship in your local area.

Get My First Job offers a range of apprenticeships in many different industries.

Volunteering

Volunteering can be a good way to learn skills and get experience without having to pay for training.

Volunteering to develop your skills for work.

Financial support for 16 to 19 year olds

You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re studying at a publicly funded school or college. You can also get a bursary if you’re on an unpaid training course or doing work experience.

16 to 19 Bursary Fund (gov.uk)

 

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