What is training?
Jade O'Donoghue

What is training?

Training FAQs

First published date November 05 2013 Amended date October 20 2015

Whether it’s learning how to assemble flat pack furniture or what to do when someone’s choking, we’ve all probably undertaken a little bit of training in our lives. Sometimes it might just be following instructions in a leaflet but it could also be by taking a course.


There are loads of training courses on our site and lots of different types of people looking for them. Maybe you’re in HR and tasked with organising training for a team in the office, or perhaps you’re really keen to get that promotion and want to learn more about management on a course, or it could be that you’re looking for a complete change of career but need a certain qualification before you take the plunge.


In either case, here at Hotcourses, we like to think we can help you find the training that suits you. There’s a lot out there though and before you even start, it’s likely you’ve got a few questions. Here we’ve brought together some of the most common ones we’ve heard in the hope of helping you make your choice…


What actually is training?

Training courses come in many forms but generally they are work related and aimed at getting you up to a specific level of education in a certain field. Training courses usually come with qualifications awarded at the end or, at the very least, an official certificate so you can show employers that you have completed that type of training.


How are training courses different from other courses?

They aren’t really – they still involve you learning new things and working towards an end goal. There are differences in the level of education though – you’re likely to learn more on a training course than you will at a fun one-off evening class in, say, knitting. They are also commonly accredited by recognised awarding organisations too which add to your CV.


Can I book a training course for myself and my colleagues in our workplace?

Yes! There are a number of training course providers who want you to do just that. They often describe their training as ‘customised’ which means you can pick a time and a place to suit you. It might be that you invite them to your office for the day, or that you ask them to book a large room in a nearby hotel. Many training courses are geared to groups of employees training together.


Is there any training available that I don’t have to pay for?

Possibly. If you are aged between 16 and 19 you might be able to complete a training course without paying a penny as the government will pay for you. If you’re older, you will probably have to pay yourself. It’s worth checking though because there is some financial help out there for students who want to train for work but, because of personal circumstances, can’t quite afford it.


What does ‘customised’ mean?

Customised means that you can choose certain aspects of the training and make it unique to you. For example, you might want to hold the training in a specific venue, or you might only be available on Tuesdays. If a course is listed as customised, you can get in touch with the course provider and negotiate plans for your training so that you are getting a bespoke service.


Will I get a qualification when I’ve finished training?

It’s likely that you will, yes. While some training courses may simply award you with a certificate of completion at the end, some do involve exams and a recognised qualification. The very nature of training is that it is preparing you to do something, usually a job or career, so it’s important that you have proof that you’ve been trained.


Is training expensive?

Not necessarily. It depends on the course, the equipment you will need and the length. In many cases there are discounts for bulk booking – so if there are a few of you who want to take a training course, it’s worth checking for deals, especially if the course provider offers customised options.


We hope we’ve helped answer some of the main questions you might have but if there’s anything you’re still unsure of, feel free to ask us a question on our Facebook page. Or, if you’re ready to find a training course for you have a browse of the full range available here on Hotcourses.

Jade O'Donoghue

Jade will talk your ear off about rowing if you let her. She studied an MA and NCTJ diploma in Journalism at Brunel but her course-taking didn't stop there, having tried a number of different subjects since working here, even magic. Whether you're an expert who wants to share their knowledge, a student who's had a great experience or you just want to say hi, she'd love you to get in touch through our social media pages.