What are my training options?
Commercial Courses are available across most industries and come in all shapes and sizes, from one-day Health and Safety refreshers to Extended Diplomas in Management that could be delivered over three years on a part-time basis. They are also referred to as Professional Courses, Industry Courses, Work-Based Learning Courses or just by the course name that you’ll know in your particular industry.
They can cover a variety of levels and can be delivered online, in the evening or at the weekend to fit around work commitments and are the go-to option for people in work that want to take the next step on the career ladder, retrain in a new profession or meet particular legal requirements for their role.
Do you have funding for these courses?
Unfortunately, there is very rarely any funding available to assist in paying for commercial courses, but that shouldn’t stop you looking in to them as they can pay for themselves several time over. Paying for training is something that should be considered as investing in your business.; There are thousands upon thousands of examples of companies and individuals turning businesses around thanks to learning new skills or ways of thinking.
Individuals that are 24 years of age or older, will be able to fund some courses themselves through 24+ Advanced Learning Loans. Even if a course doesn’t qualify, some training companies will allow you to pay for a course in stages, so talk to the training company you choose about payment options.
Which Awarding Body?
For many Commercial Courses there is often a range of awarding bodies that seem to offer similar qualifications. If you need to undertake a course for legal requirements, always check with the training provider who the awarding body is and that it matches the requirements you must meet.
Professional Bodies offer accredited courses too – for example AAT accredit Accountancy courses, CIM accredit Marketing courses, and so on. If you’re looking to move up the career ladder there is often an industry standard qualification you are expected to have – so make sure you’re studying a course accredited by an awarding body that other employers will recognise should you change companies.
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