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The National Careers Service can advise you on choosing a course. If you need help finding a course that's right for you, visit the Contact us page. There you can find out how to get in touch with an adviser.

Why learn?

Are you looking for your first job? Or looking for a change of career? It pays to give some time and thought to where you are now and where you want to be. Once you've done this, you can choose the course that will get you there.

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Improving your career through learning

Learning can help you to move forward, whatever your stage of life. Whether you want to return to learning after time out with your children, or study from home whilst working, we can offer advice. If you want to brush up on your reading and writing, or do a community learning course, we can help​.

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Types of learning

Learning’s not just about sitting in a classroom. There are many different ways to learn that might suit you more. You could train for a job by doing an apprenticeship. This lets you earn while you learn. Or you could think about training at your place of work.

We’ve also got advice on how to improve other important life skills. This could be learning English or computer skills. And don’t miss our pages on how to build your confidence. Here you can find out how thinking and acting positively can help you get the most out of life.
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Funding advice

When you've chosen a course, make sure you check out your funding options in detail. Whether you get help with course fees and living costs usually depends on your situation and the course you’re doing. You might be awarded a grant or bursary that you don’t have to pay back.

There are also loans for work-related learning and for higher education. Some courses are free. In our funding pages there’s lots of information about different sorts of funding. You can also find some funding searches. These let you see what's on offer.

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