Informal learning


The idea of going into any kind of training can be a bit daunting, no matter when you last learnt something.

Common concerns are:

  • Nervousness about meeting new people.
  • Haven’t learned anything for ages / what’s the point?
  • I didn’t do well last time I studied / nothing will change.
  • I don’t want to train – I just want a job.

Since these are common concerns the good news is that you’re unlikely to be the only person who feels this way. A good facilitator knows how to put you at ease before you even attend your first session so never be afraid to pick up the phone and simply ask some questions.

You might be surprised at just how much you can learn for free in your local community. Check out your local noticeboard and council website for more information.

Some types of informal learning include:

  • Job Clubs – there may be a Job Club in your local area, your local Circle Housing office may even be running one. Job Clubs are friendly, relaxed groups where you can get support from other people as well as an advisor on things like how to look for work online, how to make your CV stand out and how to do a top-notch online application.
  • IT classes – ask your local Employment & Skills Representative about IT training in your area. From basic use of a computer to using the internet for job searching, there is something for everybody.
  • Pre-employment training – these fantastic courses are a great way to bridge the gap between longer-term unemployment and starting work. Aimed at giving you some up-to-date, relevant employment skills and a recent reference to boot, these are well worth your consideration.

You can start your training journey today by navigating to our Skills Hub. Here you will find a treasure trove of handy hints, tips and links to expert websites, which can help you to brush up your skills at your own pace.

Remember our Employment & Skills representatives are here to guide you to into finding what works for you, so please get in touch.

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