Training and learning for work

Learning at work is a great way to fit learning into your life, and could help improve your career prospects. Your employer may already provide learning opportunities. If not, see if they would consider getting involved in an employee training scheme.

Developing new skills at work

If you’re looking to gain new skills relevant to your job, your employer is a good first point of call. You may be able to get free basic skills training, additional skills to improve your performance at work, or even a qualification that could help open up doors to higher education.

Some employers run ‘mentoring’ schemes to help you get on at work. Find out from a senior member of staff or union learning rep whether your employer runs any training schemes. If they don’t, ask if they would consider setting one up.


An Apprenticeship gives you the chance to work towards a qualification while you’re earning. Many employers choose to provide training through an Apprenticeship programme - they are designed by businesses within a particular sector, with that sector’s training needs in mind.

Benefits to your employer

Many employers are happy to support their workers’ learning because:

  • having a skilled workforce can help boost productivity
  • there are training schemes which can be designed to suit the needs of employers and their workers
  • your employer may get help with the costs

There are a number of schemes you and your employer can take part in. Ask your employer or union learning rep if they are currently running any schemes or if they’d consider supporting you if you arrange work-related learning for yourself.

Training opportunities

There are a number of different training opportunities available to help you gain skills and experience to help you into work.

To find out more, see helping you into work or contact your local Jobs and Benefits office.

People with disabilities

If you have a disability, find out what work schemes and training support is available to help you.

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