Training: the practicalities
How do you find relevant training?
The simplest and most reliable source of information on courses is in the How to find a course section of the Gov.UK website..
Who provides training?
In most areas, the largest provider of training is a further education college. However, there are also a host of other training providers. These include private commercial organisations and voluntary organisations, some of which provide specialised training. Some organisations are very local, and some are national or international agencies. Some courses and qualifications are provided by firms who provide particular equipment or technology (especially in the information technology field).
Who pays for training?
Some people are entitled to financial support for training, depending on their personal circumstances.
There are a range of sources of financial support for training. A description of these can be found on the Gov.UK website.. The Skills Funding Agency provides information on skills provision for the unemployed on their website.
Age discrimination is the most common form of unlawful discrimination in the UK, although an employer or training provider who uses age, directly or indirectly, to select applicants is breaking the law. See the Age and law section of this website.
Age, training and qualifications
Sometimes employers use lack of qualifications as a reason for not appointing someone. If the qualification is a genuine requirement of the job (like a driving licence for a driving job) this is lawful. Where the qualification is an indication of general ability (like GCSEs) and young people are more likely than older ones to hold that qualification, this may be indirect discrimination. However, proving discrimination to a tribunal can be difficult.
This site is for help and information only. It is not meant as an authoritative guide. It is not meant as an authoritative statement of the law, and future changes in the law and other programmes and initiatives could make it less accurate at times. TAEN, the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund take no responsibility for your use of the information. You should always take professional advice on any specific legal or financial matter.
Financial help with learning courses (The National Careers Service)
Course Funding Advice (The National Careers Service)
Provision for the Unemployed (Skills Funding Agency)
Finding the right course (The National Careers Service)