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Education and Training

If you want to kick-start your career or would like to increase your chances of promotion and better pay you should start by having a serious think about the benefits of training and further qualifications.

Gone are the days when people left school or college believing they had acquired all the education they would need for the world of work. Instead there is a recognition that continual development through your working life is essential in our rapidly changing world.

That might range from gaining qualifications that provide evidence to employers about the work you can do or enhancing your skills on a part-time course. And for those looking to switch careers or searching for a fresh direction after redundancy local colleges offer a route to a new start in life.

The formation of the University of Cumbria has given a massive boost to education provision in our region. You will also find plenty of options accessible through Lakes College, Kendal College, Furness College, Carlisle College and Newcastle College's campus in Hexham.

If you are looking advice as you review your options the Careers Service is an obvious option or you might get in touch with Connexions which offers guidance to 13-25-year-olds, but is happy to help adults too.

Or your could try work-based learning providers such as RWP or GEN II both of whom have a networtk through our region.

You will find that if you want to prepare for a particular area of work such as business, media, and health and social care you could do work-related courses such as Applied GCSEs, Applied A-Levels or BTEC courses. If you’re currently in work, NVQ courses and Foundation Degrees are popular work-based courses that can help you move forward in your career.

A university degree can open up a wide range of opportunities for you. There’s finance available and you can study part-time or from home if it suits you. If you want to aim for university, an Access course at a local college is a popular route for adults to take.

And for 16-18-year-olds apprenticeships are a popular way of doing vocational training which gives you the chance to earn while you learn a profession can help begin a long and successful career.

Featured Education and Training Providers

Carlisle College

Learning and Futures Digital Editions

Each month we publish a range of education and training supplements that are distributed with our newspapers. These cover national and local issues in education and training, including information on career opportunities and incorporating specialist columnist. These publications are essential reading for students, parents, education and training professionals, employers and adults re-skilling or returning to employment. If you’ve missed any of the print editions you can catch up on them in digital format by clicking on the supplements here – you can access archived copies from here as well

Learning (North and East Cumbria edition)
Knowledge (Hexham Courant)
Futures (West Cumbria)