Getting back to work

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Studying or training to get back into work

There are many opportunities to study or train that could help you get back into work.

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Range of ways to study to get back to work

Here are a few key points to consider when looking for the best study or training option to suit your needs

Choose a qualification wanted by employers in your chosen career

  • Look at Sector Skills Councils' websites to find out what qualifications are wanted in your chosen sector and to find out latest job trends where you live
  • Look at job profiles to see what skills and qualifications are needed in specific jobs and start thinking about which ones you have and which ones you need to get

Explore your study choices

  • There are all sorts of courses available including part-time and distance learning. Look at the 'What, where and How to study' section to find out more
  • Lots of adults are starting apprenticeships, so you can learn and earn at the same time
  • Ask your local council about Community Learning opportunities in your local area – these can help you brush up on your skills or try something new
  • You can search for learning opportunities through local providers' own sites, for full time degree or Foundation degrees look at the UCAS site
  • Look at the Unistats websites to see course higher education satisfaction data including the number of people who got jobs after the course and what they earn
  • You will need to look at entry requirements but you may be able to gain entry onto a course using your experience
  • Look at other opportunities for work related Higher Education study

Check the costs and implications if you are on benefits

  • Check out the costs of the course, time commitment, etc. If you haven't got a Level 3 or 4 qualification then you can apply for a loan to do a course at these levels, if you already have these qualifications you might need to pay for the course without a loan. Check with the provider.
  • Check that attending the course will not affect your benefits and also find out whether you are entitled to financial support or reduced fees
  • Ask advisers at Job Centre Plus, colleges, training providers or universities
  • sites for help in finding the right course for you

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