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Finding a training course

If you're a carer and you've been out of work for some time, you may decide the best way to find a job is by taking a training course.

There are many training courses available, so it's a good idea to decide first of all what kind of studying you want to do, why, and what qualifications you wish to get from the course. This will ensure you choose the best training course for the job you want.

With so many courses available you can choose to study or learn:

  • full-time,
  • part-time,
  • through a short course (these range from a few hours to a few weeks), or
  • for several years.

Jobcentre Plus

Your local Jobcentre Plus can offer help and advice on finding training courses that suit you.

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service offers careers and skills advice over the face to face, online, or on the telephone on 0800 100 900.


Learndirect enables you to learn from home, work or wherever you have access to the internet. In many cases, funding is available. Call 0800 101 901, or visit the Learndirect website.

Watch the video below to see how a carer found learning opportunities.

Studying while being a carer

Barbara is a full-time carer for her autistic children. Watch how she keeps an outside interest by studying with the Open University.

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Call Carers Direct on 0300 123 1053

Confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 11am to 4pm at weekends. Request a free call back or an interpreted call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو.

You can talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

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