Training for work
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.
What training is right for you
You should think about:
your skills and experience, such as GCSEs, A-levels, vocational training, work experience the skills, knowledge or training you need to get the kind of job you want whether you can find free training or online courses Free online courses on FutureLearn Free business events on Eventbrite
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 jobs skills tests to help you identify your skills.
National Careers Service Skills Health Check Finding jobs that interest you
You can search for roles and the skills needed on the
National Careers Service’s job profiles page.
Use these profiles to see if you need additional skills or qualifications to do the job you want.
Types of training
If you’re working, you could ask if your employer could pay for all or some of your equipment and training.
If you’re a student, you may be able to get Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra study-related costs.
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) Short or day training courses
Short or day courses can enhance your CV. These could include learning to use software or developing presentation skills.
To find short or day courses, you could:
try a general search online contact charities in your area look for adult learning where you live see what’s offered by local colleges and universities
Ask your work coach about what help you can apply for. If you do not have a work coach,
contact your local Jobcentre Plus. 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.
Search for vocational courses (City and Guilds) Traineeships
A traineeship is a course with work experience for people aged 16 to 24. You can get help with English and Maths if you need it. You will not be paid but you might get expenses.
Find a traineeship (GOV.UK) Financial support for students aged 16 to 19
You could get a bursary to help with educational 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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