What are my training options?
Commercial Courses is the term we have used on this site to group together paid for courses. 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.
Many training companies that offer Apprenticeships also offer Commercial Courses. They can range from one-day Health and Safety updates to Extended Diplomas in Management that could be three years on a part-time basis.
They cover a variety of levels; could be online, evenings or weekends to fit around your job – 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 in your sector – like having a member of staff that is qualified to deliver First Aid.
Is there any money available to pay for these courses?
There is very rarely money available to assist in paying for Commercial Courses, but these courses can be worth their weight in gold. Paying for training is not something that should be sniffed at; there are thousands upon thousands of examples of companies and individuals turning businesses around thanks to learning new skills or ways of thinking.
If you are an individual that’s 24 years of age or older, some commercial courses will qualify for 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 courses. 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 accredit 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 accreditted by an awarding body that other employers will recognise should you change companies.
Search for training
To search for training in a particular industry sector, go to our members’ page and filter your requirements. If you can’t find what you’re looking for from our membership base or just want advice on training – fill in our contact form and we’ll happily point you in the right direction!