The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways. If you have faced redundancy as a result of the pandemic or have taken the time to reflect on your job prospects over the last couple of months, you might have landed on the idea of reskilling or upskilling by returning to education.
If you are looking to retrain or enhance your skill set to improve your job prospects, college is a great option and can equip you with skills and training that employers will be looking for as the economy recovers. Have a look at the statements below to find out more about upskilling and reskilling at Edinburgh College and how this can help you find a new career path.
I am currently unemployed and would like to gain a qualification to help me secure employment in my most recent line of work
This is upskilling as you would like to gain more knowledge and skills in an area you have already worked in. We provide a range of courses that can help you build upon your existing work experience while providing you with a qualification. Depending on your personal situation we have courses that can fast track you for a promotion or give you industry recognition. If you are currently unemployed and looking for work, college could be an excellent option to bridge the gap between jobs and set you up for a positive destination while the economy is recovering.
View all courses on our website. Courses with a SCQF Level 4+ are good options for upskilling.
I am currently unemployed and would like to gain a qualification to help me secure employment in a new field
This is reskilling as you would like to gain knowledge, experience and skills in an area you have not worked in before. The college has introductory courses that can help you build a foundation of knowledge while familiarising yourself with a new industry. From here you can either seek employment or progress further through college, increasing your qualifications and expertise. If you’ve decided that you would like to pursue a new career path in a new setting, college can equip you with subject specific training that you need to get your foot in the door.
View all courses on our website. Courses with a SCQF Level 3 – 6 are good options for reskilling.
I am in employment and would like to gain a qualification to progress in my current line of work
This is upskilling as you would like to gain more knowledge and skills in an area that you currently work in. Alongside our SQA courses, Edinburgh College offers professional courses accredited by professional industry bodies. These courses are delivered so you can work while studying, allowing you to become qualified and recognised within your industry. Gaining a qualification while in employment can help you understand your industry better and help you land a promotion or get a new job.
View professional qualification courses on our website.
I am in employment and would like to gain a qualification to help me secure employment in a new field
This is reskilling as you would like to gain knowledge, experience and skills in an area you have not worked in before. We provide courses that are designed to help transfer and build upon your skills in a new industry. If you’re working in a job you’re not happy in or on a career path that is not right for you, you might have decided that now is the time to retrain and try something new. Retraining at Edinburgh College can help you reach your goals and you can fit this around part-time work, family and other commitments.
View all courses on our website. Courses with a SCQF Level 6+ are good options for reskilling.
I have been out of education for a while but I am interested in going to university
If a university level course is what you need to work towards your dream job, a pathway through college can help you get there. Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) courses are designed for students who have been out of education for more than three years and will provide you with skills to prepare for university study. Our SWAP courses could prepare you for university courses in teaching, nursing, engineering and more.
View SWAP courses on our website.
We offer a wide range of vocational and academic courses that can help you plan for a new future in these uncertain times, whether you are completely revamping your career or upskilling.
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