Taking a course and gaining a new qualification can boost your self-confidence, raise your profile among your colleagues and lay the best foundation for developing in your current role or moving onto a new one. It can also, in some cases, increase your pay. Many courses are now flexible so you can study at your own pace and in your own time so there is no need to give up work or miss out on being with the family.
Don't think about it as going back to school, especially if you couldn't wait to make your escape from the classroom when you were younger: learning as an adult is a completely different experience.
You get to study with people working in the same role as you, on courses where most people find that everyone looks out for each other.
You get to pick up ideas about the job you do, which you can share with your colleagues and help the school take on board.
And you get the satisfaction of brushing up old skills or acquiring new ones, which can help you develop in your current role or move on to another one - and in some cases can even lead to a bigger pay packet, depending on local circumstances.
Whether you're a cleaner thinking about brushing up your reading skills or a science technician interested in further professional development, we hope that this website can help you find the courses and qualifications that are right for you.