If you are struggling to find a job, have been made redundant or want to change careers, you might consider more training.
Training usually involves some kind of learning whether it leads to formal qualifications or not. Training can be part-time or full-time, work-based or take place in the classroom or online. It might even be free, depending on your circumstances.
Apprenticeships have been around a long time and combine paid work with training which leads to recognised qualifications. There are three kinds of apprenticeship:
- Foundation apprenticeship
- Higher apprenticeship
- Degree apprenticeship
There is no upper age limit.
If you don’t want to do the full apprenticeship, you might prefer to choose one or more qualifications from the overall framework. Visit Careers Wales for more information.
Other training opportunities
Jobs Growth Wales Plus gives young people aged between 16 and 18 the skills, qualifications and experience they need to get a job or further training.
Working Wales offers people specific advice and guidance with job hunting, training and funding opportunities. Tel: 0800 028 4844 or contact an adviser online.
ReAct+ funding may be available to help you with training or retraining costs if you are over 18, live in Wales and have the right to live and work in the UK and either:
- you’re under formal notice of redundancy
- you’ve been made redundant or unemployed in the past 12 months
- you’re 18–24 and not in education, employment or training.
For more information visit Working Wales.
PRIME Cymru supports older people to develop skills through training and volunteering opportunities.
Your local Jobcentre Plus staff will be able to tell you about other training opportunities.
The British Training Board supports forces personnel and veterans to get their training and skills recognised by civilian employers as well as identifying any skills gaps and training they need.
If you are interested in setting up your own business Business Wales can provide skills funding and support. Call 03000 603000.
Training opportunities for tenants
Some housing associations offer training courses to local residents. Some courses are accredited and offer recognised qualifications. Contact your housing association to find out what’s available.
Adults with care and support needs
If you have care and support needs or are looking after someone who does, you might be able to get support to attend a training course. There are also courses specifically aimed at carers.
If you have care and support needs, you might be able to get help with any equipment you need for training. Contact Careers Wales.
As a volunteer your training will probably be informal but you’ll still be learning new skills and gaining valuable work experience.