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. 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.
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. Contact the Business Skills Hotline on 0845 60 661 60 for advice.
Other training opportunities
Jobs Growth Wales is ideal if you are between 16-24 years old, are ready to enter employment but need work experience. Your contract lasts six months and you’ll be paid at least the minimum wage. There is additional support for disabled young people or those who face certain barriers. Contact Careers Wales for more information.
The Skills Gateway for Adults can help if you need training to return to full-time employment or need help with your CV or interviews. Contact Careers Wales.
ReAct (Redundancy Action) III funding may be available to you if you’ve been made redundant in the past three months (or are under formal notice of redundancy). You could receive funding of up to £1,500 for vocational training, plus travel, accommodation and childcare costs.
Your local Jobcentre Plus staff will be able to tell you about other training opportunities.
The British Legion’s CivvyStreet and Hire a Hero both offer advice on training opportunities for those who have left, or are about to leave, the Armed Forces.
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.
MENCAP Cymru runs a 12-week programme to help individuals with a learning disability prepare for work. Contact the Wales Learning Disability helpline on 0808 808 1111.
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.