Whether you’re starting your first job, looking to change career, or want to boost your skillset, we’re investing in training programmes that can help you get where you want to go.
There are thousands of free courses available to young people and adults which could help you get the skills you need to secure great jobs with higher wages.
Find out more about the training and advice you can access for free by searching for Skills for Life, whatever your life stage
What free courses and qualifications are available?
Free courses include:
- Skills Bootcamps: Free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks which help you develop new skills that employers are looking for, available in areas from digital to health and social care.
- Free Courses For Jobs: The government might pay for you to take a course that helps you learn new skills or apply for work.
- Multiply: Free courses to improve your maths skills.
- Essential Skills: Courses that help you get English, maths or digital skills for everyday life.
You can also find out more about:
- Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs): Qualifications developed with employers so you can get the right training and skills to succeed at work.
- Apprenticeships: Real jobs that let you earn a wage while you learn.
I’m leaving school or college and not sure what to do next. Where can I get help?
If you or someone you know is leaving school or college, making decisions about the future can feel overwhelming.
Skills for Life aims to support everyone, showing the different skills and training options available.
It also provides information about where those choices can lead and gives you the tools you need to make an informed decision about your future.
Find out more about options which give young people the confidence and skills needed to find their dream career here.
Qualifications for young people include:
- T levels: A mix of learning in the classroom and a placement with an employer.
- Higher Technical Qualifications: Qualifications developed with employers so you can get the right training and skills to succeed at work.
Where can I find free careers advice?
The National Careers Service offers high quality, free and impartial information advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work.
You could access free personalised careers advice with trained advisers, reflecting your needs and circumstances.
If you need help or advice, you can call the National Careers Service helpline to chat to a careers adviser on 0800 100 900.