The Office for National Statistics has verified that UK employment has hit yet another record high in the first quarter of 2019. Simultaneously, just 4% of UK resident remain on the search for a job, which is the lowest unemployment rate since 1975. In fact, the South West has the lowest unemployment rates across the whole of the UK – meaning Plymouth residents are even less likely to be printing CVs and filling out applications.
Just because there are fewer Plymouth residents looking for work, it doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for Plymouth residents to enhance their career prospects. There are many types of local courses to choose from which will enhance your skills and knowledge. These courses are perfect for jobs seekers, but they are also great for hobbyists - or workers who want to redirect their career or equip themselves for a promotion. So, what courses are available in Plymouth right now? Here are our top picks that are geared up for different industries.
Health and Fitness Courses
For the sporty types, there are health and fitness courses available at Ignite Academy and Training. These courses can set you up for a career in personal training or sports massage therapy. They allow you to turn your passion for health and fitness into a fulfilling career using theoretical and practical learning. All of Ignite’s courses are fully accredited so you can be sure that they will be recognised and valued by sports centres and employers.
Another local course available throughout the whole of Plymouth – and the whole of the UK are online IT courses by Courses Online. Distance learning has become a popular choice for people who do not find the time to get to classes or have life commitments that are preventing them from entering a new field.
They offer a wide variety of courses to suit people looking for different types of careers in IT. From advancing your Excel skills, developing games, analysing big data to ethical hacking, they have a course for any technology enthusiast. The best online courses, such as the ones on offer at Online Courses UK are accredited with overseeing bodies, meaning they are also recognised by employers.
You don’t have to be a job seeker to enjoy the baking courses at Plymouth’s own Column Bake House. These local bakers provide fun and relaxed courses in bread making that enthusiastic bakers will find invaluable. All courses are delivered in digestible chunks to make learning the art of bread making easier. Their courses are a great idea for inspiring bakers or a great gift idea for friends and family.
Construction and Building Courses
Those who don’t frequent gyms or have no interest in IT or baking may prefer to look towards City College Plymouth. Our local college offers a variety of courses to help locals excel their careers and gain useful qualifications. The college runs a selection of courses in the construction and building industry for locals of all ages. From plumbers to plasters there are no stones left unturned when it comes to the building industry with City College Plymouth.
Business Administration Courses
Achievement Training has been supplying Plymouth residents from Crownhill to Mount Batten with opportunities to upskill for years. One of their popular courses is their business administration course that will set you up for a career in business. Their courses are fully accredited, and they do welcome applications for their financial support and funding to help pay for their courses.
Courses for All Plymouth Professionals
Above are some of the best courses for job seekers and career shifters in Plymouth. However, also take note of the course providers listed because many of them also provide other courses which may be suitable for you.
We’re fortunate to have low unemployment rates in the south west, and these courses are certainly helping us get more Plymouth locals into jobs and new careers.