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What courses count as 'training'?

It can be a bit of a vague term since most courses 'train' you in something. However, in this context it's usually courses that will help you do a particular job or progress your career. This could mean first aid, project management or lessons in Microsoft Word. It could also be focused on a certain job such as AAT qualifications for people who want to be accountants or CIPD courses for people working in HR.

I'm a HR manager looking for training for my colleagues, will I find courses we can customise here?

Yes. You'll probably need to chat to the course provider first to confirm some details, especially if you're after bespoke training but you can do it through Hotcourses. Start by searching the subject you're looking for and then you can get in touch with the colleges and trainers that come up in the list by clicking the 'Request info' button.

Can I do a training course part time or at the weekends?

Yes. Many training courses are short and might only last a few days. Others will take place in the evening. Most people who are training for work prefer to study during work time, but if that's not you, do not be put off as there are plenty of options outside of working hours. There are also many options to take training online if you;re looking for flexibility.

What do the different levels mean?

According to the Qualifications and Credit Framework the levels are as follows: entry level means qualifications to prepare you for further education; level one encompasses qualifications that are equivalent to GCSE grades D-G; level two, qualifications equivalent to GCSE grades A*-C; level three, equivalent to A levels; level four is equivalent to undergraduate qualifications; level five is also equivalent to undergraduate qualifications; level six includes graduate qualifications; level seven, postgraduate qualifications; and finally, level eight is reached when you're studying for a PhD.

How much can I expect to pay for a training course?

The prices vary - we've seen training for £25 and training for £3,000. If you're doing it for work, it's worth checking to see if your employer will pay. If you're going it alone though, there are options like government loans, similar to those that undergraduate students are entitled to.

Can anyone do training?

Yes. There is training suitable for any age or educational background but it will help if you have a good idea of the level you hope to study at and the subject beforehand. If you are studying at a certain level or taking a specific subject you may need experience or previous qualifications.

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