Getting back to work

Studying or training to get back into work

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

There are various learning options if you want to get back into employment, but when thinking about the best study or training route for you, there are various things to consider.

Examples of learning options

Depending on your existing qualifications and ambitions for the future, you could start by: 

Choose a qualification wanted by employers

  • 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.
  • Some Sector Skills Councils' websites have information on the qualifications required for their sector; they may also give you an idea of the latest job trends where you live.

Explore your study choices

Check out the finances

  • Find out the tuition fees of courses that interest you. Some courses (e.g. those in basic skills) are free or offered at a reduced fee.
  • Make sure you’re clear about the time commitment so that you know whether or not it’s feasible to do paid work alongside your studies.
  • You may be able to apply for student loans for your higher education or an Advanced Learner Loan for a course at Levels 3-6. See the Money matters section for information. 
  • Check that attending a course will not affect your benefits and also find out whether you are entitled to other types of financial support or reduced fees.

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