Training & Courses

If you have an idea of the industry you want to get into, you may well find that getting an extra qualification that is relevant to that field could really make you stand out from the crowd. Competition is fierce for jobs, internships and apprenticeships, and doing a course that is approved by a recognised authority goes a long way.

Even if you're not sure what industry you want to work in, you can do courses that give you qualifications in transferrable skills such as communication or negotiation. These are skills that many put on their CV, but not everyone has a specific qualification that validates them.

You can do courses in such a wide range of subjects, from First Aid, to learning a new language or learning how to use particular computer software. Take a look at your CV and any past experience, then think about what direction you want to take next (working with computers? Working abroad? Hotel Industry?). This way you can start to prioritise which courses would really boost your appeal and make you more marketable.

Course types

Part time & Short Courses

Many colleges offer short and part time courses (from 1 day to 10 weeks), which you do not have to be employed or in full time education to take part in. These will give you a certificate attesting to the fact you have completed a course, and therefore have skills in that particular area. With so many different courses to choose from (anything from Social Media Marketing to Antique Collecting!) we advise that you make it count, and make sure that it's teaching you something that will make you more marketable to future employers.

Full time and College Study

If you don't want to take on the financial commitment of University, but you want to carry on studying, doing a full time course might be the answer. The subject matter can be very specific and varied, from 1 year computer programming courses to 18 week journalism courses. These will gain you qualifications like BTECs, Diplomas and Higher National Diplomas which look great on your CV and give you practical experience in your chosen field.

Distance and Online Study

These courses can be completed in your own time, with assessments marked by tutors online. They are great for people who are working full time or awkward hours as you can fit it around your schedule. Again the courses you can do are varied, and they will give you qualifications in the form of Diplomas, awards and BTECs.


Training tends to be a more hands on approach, where you will be physically learning the method of how to do something. This could be anything from hairdressing to HTML coding for computers. Training can take anything from 1 day to 20 weeks, and you can even do training courses online now.

Employer funded study

Companies are always looking for new ways to hire engaged and motivated employees that have practical working knowledge of the field. One way they are doing this is by sponsoring students to go to University. This means that they pay some or all of your fees in return for you working for them part time while you study, and working for them full time after you finish. It's a mutually beneficial relationship - they get an employee who is educated and committed to working for them, and the student gets their fees paid for a degree and a job at the end of it! This is a great option if you really want to go to University but the cost is putting you off. Hopefully we'll start to see more and more companies offering these sorts of schemes in the future. In the meantime, check out the fantastic ones available on the site.

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