Study a courseIf you’ve ever had difficulty in securing a new job due to a lack of skills then you should consider improving your prospects by taking a training course.

Equally, you may already be in employment and want to improve your skills further so that you can prepare yourself for the next step in your career.

Employers look positively on skilled applicants and even more so on those who have taken it upon themselves to develop their skills further so that they are better qualified and suitable for the job in hand.

It’s fair to say that most people think of classroom and group sessions when they hear the word “course”, but the reality is that whilst classroom courses exist there is a wealth of options available for home study, many of which are online.

The benefit of doing home study is that you can do it in your own time and at your own pace and they are often affordable for people who have to dip into their own pocket to pay for the course. Typically classroom or group courses are usually sponsored by employers for employees who need to be upskilled.

If you are thinking about a career change, then taking a short course can really help open doors for you. You’ll find courses available from learning how to master formulas and spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel through to learning how to build a website – with much more in between.

We’ve listed below some ideal starting points to help you with your search for a suitable course:

The Open University

A huge range of subjects is available: from arts to science and everything in-between. You can achieve various qualification types, including certificates of higher education, diplomas of higher education, open degrees, foundation degrees and honours degrees.

Wolverhampton Adult Education Service

"We aim to inspire the people of Wolverhampton with our high quality courses. Some courses are designed to help you get a job or get on at work, while others offer more informal learning for personal development, health and well being. With over 650 courses on offer we hope you’ll find one that fits in with your personal goals and interests." leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

Pitman Training

"Whether you're interested in secretarial, Microsoft Office, keyboard skills, book-keeping and accounts, IT or any of our other courses, our training is designed to help both boost your confidence and enhance your skills."


"We are the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services. We’ve helped millions of people like you gain the skills you need for work. We can help you kick-start your career with:

  • qualifications in everyday skills like maths, English and IT
  • vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships in lots of industries"