What kind of training is available at work?

We should never stop learning, and there should be few excuses for employers to prevent us from accessing appropriate training. Even the least skilled job requires a certain degree of training, but good employers will go beyond the basics and offer ample opportunities for their staff to develop.

Training opportunities should be provided continuously throughout every employee’s career, whether on an informal basis in the workplace or in a more structured format (a course of regular classes held off-site, for example).

Besides the in-house training offered by employers themselves, a range of nationwide work-based training schemes are available through which workers can acquire specific qualifications. These schemes, often involving learning both at an employer’s premises and with an external training provider, enable staff to develop key skills that can help them progress in their careers.

Work-based training allows new starters to gain experience with an employer while they are learning, overcoming the familiar catch-22 of “no experience, no job” that jobseekers often face when they first try to find work. With some work-based training, trainees will be employed from the very beginning. Where that is not the case, there’s still a good chance if they show promise that the employer will want to take them on once they have finished their training.

Work-based training is free, high-quality training designed by employers in your industry, and those who offer it are demonstrating a commitment to developing the potential of their staff.

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