On an average day there is said to be over two and a half million people unemployed in the UK. While these numbers seem to be falling a little bit lately with news of the economy picking up, it’s still clear that this is an issue affecting the whole country.
As such, training for the unemployed is more appealing than ever, with many jobless people turning to courses as a means of getting back into the workplace.
If you're unemployed and looking for something to help you change that, we are here to help. Whether it's a course to build your confidence at interviews or something to take you to the next step in your career, there are loads of options of training that will get you back in the workplace.
Where to start
There isn't a 'one size fits all' answer to what course is best for someone unemployed to take. It might be personal development training, designed to equip you with the key skills that you are likely to need to get yourself a job – for example in maths or English. It could also mean courses that will help you get back into employment. These might be courses to teach you how to create a successful CV, courses to show you how to go about searching for jobs, or courses to get you ready to face those all important interviews.
Then there are a number of access courses which focus on a particular subject with a view to you going into a specific vocation or further study on completion. These are usually handy if you're looking at a total career change as they assume no knowledge of the subject to begin with but will get you to a point where you know enough of the basics to get an entry level job or go on to do a higher education course.
Being out of work can be a real knock to your self-esteem and most course providers that run training specifically angled towards unemployed people. They attempt to address this by organising confidence building exercises and helping you deal with any issues that are stopping you from moving forward and getting that job you really want. These might form part of the course itself or if you're taking a course that is more subject specific, additional confidence building classes might be offered alongside your classroom time. This is often something larger colleges do more than smaller course providers.
In addition to this, lots of training courses in general (not just ones focused on those who are out of work) encourage students to look for work placements too – so you will come out of the training with a qualification as well as real life experience to put on your CV. This is also a good way to build contacts who might potentially help you get work afterwards.
The catch 22
One issue many unemployed people have with taking up training is paying for it. You need to get training in order to get work but you can't pay for the training when you're out of work - not ideal is it? And even if you've got savings, when you’re not earning, this sort of thing can really stretch the budget.
If finance is a worry for you, there are definitely options out there for help. There are free courses available specifically for unemployed people who are claiming Job Seeker's Allowance that aim to help you find a job. If it's a career focused courses you're interested in (ie a specific subject) then you could be entitled to a 24+ loan from the government.
If you're not sure of your options, have a read of our article that details how anyone should be able to afford training if they need it and get some ideas.
Though we hear a lot of doom and gloom in the news about the lack of jobs and ever-increasing unemployment figures, training can be a way of helping yourself out of the rut. If you’re unemployed and want to train in something but not sure what, start by having a browse of what's available.. Training could be the route out of unemployment and that journey starts here.