Learning on the job

Sometimes the best way to learn something is by actually doing it. Find out about learning on the job, from Modern Apprenticeships to professional training bodies.

Why learn through work?

A girl is working on a vehicle, using a machine.

There are a few big bonuses about learning on the job. First, you’ll get paid. You can make a start in your chosen job rather than waiting until you’ve finished a course. The people you meet every day will help you build your network. And rather than just learning about the skills you need for the job, you’ll be developing and using them.

Depending on how you like to learn, you might find that suits you best. 

Work-based learning covers a huge variety of things. It might be a training programme offered by your employer, a Modern Apprenticeship or an internship. Discover some of the ways you can learn at work.


Work, learn and earn with an apprenticeship

A apprenticeship lets you work, learn and earn. You’ll come out with a qualification, and work experience. Now, you can complete training through a Modern Apprenticeship, or a Graduate Level Apprenticeship.

In-house training programmes

Many employers offer structured training programmes which let employees develop through work. What happens depends on the employer and the level of the position. For example, school leaver and graduate programmes often involve a level of training, to help you transition from study to work.

Work-based training programmes can help you develop the skills you need to do your job, retrain to move to different positions or work towards promotions. You might have a series of steps which you’re expected to work through within a set amount of time.

It’s useful to find out what’s on offer through different employers when you’re looking for a job.

External training

You may be able to access external training through your employer. Find out if there is a training budget for the department, or if you can request training as part of your personal development.

For example, your employer may be able to support you if you want to attend a particular course, event or workshop. Some employers also support employees through college courses or degrees, where you’d study part-time alongside work.

Speak to your manager or HR department to find out what’s available to you. 

Train through a professional body

If there’s a professional body connected with your job, you could work towards an industry-recognised qualification. For example, becoming a chartered engineer allows engineers to develop their careers, progress to management level and reach a higher salary. 

You can use the information on our job profiles to identify professional bodies in your industry.