ormal qualifications taking years to complete aren’t the only path to career advancement: a plethora of training courses exist to provide development opportunities for those in or out of work. Training (or retraining) in a field of work which offers the maximum possible employment opportunities has obvious benefits – but not everyone can afford to take a year or two out to study. Short-term training – which can be consolidated into a high-intensity course or spread out across a series of lessons – is particularly advantageous for those with responsibilities (such as parenthood or other work commitments) which don’t allow them to engage in prolonged formal academic activities. Training opportunities exist right across the employment spectrum, from traditional activities such as plumbing and carpentry through to tech-enabled occupations such as software engineering and computer-aided design, so whatever your interests and/or thoughts on likely growth sectors you should be able to find a course to suit you – especially considering that many smaller training providers will have a strong local focus with links with
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employers in your area, and may be affiliated with local colleges thus removing any arduous travel commitments. It is of course important to look into the credentials of any training providers you are considering, especially those offering diplomas or other qualifications: be sure you are engaging with a reputable provider with a demonstrable history of success and the requisite focus on safety and security. Also, shop around: while you may be able to get financial support for some courses, training will probably require some kind of investment above and beyond your time, so make sure you’re getting the best deal.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jobs and Careers - London North 2011