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FAQs about skill training

"Upskilling" and "skill training" have become two of the biggest buzz words on the UK job market today. But what exactly do they mean, and what is involved in skill training? Here we look at the subject in a little greater depth, and answer some of your frequently asked questions.

What is skill training?

Skill training differs from a lot of other types of training because it is centred around picking up or improving a specific skill or skill set, rather than obtaining a qualification. Some skill training courses do result in formal qualifications, while others offer informal qualifications or no qualifications at all. The aim is to increase your knowledge.

What forms do skill training take?

Most skill training courses are part time. Many colleges offer evening and weekend classes to cater to those who work full time but would like to develop their skills. Some skill training courses are full time in nature but short term in duration - for example, a one week intensive training course. There are also an increasing number of skill training courses available through distance learning. This means that you can study in your own time and at your own pace.

How much do skill training courses cost?

This is a difficult question to answer because there is such a variety in course prices. Some adult learning centres offer skills training like IT and numeracy for free. Other courses can cost thousands of pounds. However if you employed, it's worth checking with your HR department to see if your company is willing to sponsor your learning.

Is skill training right for me?

Skill training is right for you if you feel that your CV is lacking in a certain area of expertise, or if you think your career development could be improved by learning a new skill. Remember that any course is a commitment, so it's a good idea to think carefully about what the course will involve before signing up.

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