What is Vocational Training?

Vocational training courses are designed to teach participants practical skills in a hands-on environment for specific occupations.

Figuring out next steps to a new career path can be overwhelming. Whether you are wanting to grow in your current field or trying to get your first job, it can be hard to decide what the best option for you is. One path you might want to consider is vocational training. Vocational training courses are designed to teach participants practical skills in a hands-on environment for specific occupations. Here are 4 reasons vocational training could be a better option for you.

Reason 1 – Specialization

Vocational training is great because you can specialize in a specific industry with hands on experience. This is different from other more traditional options like university where you have to take broad classes over multiple subjects that do not always apply to your main career path. Some common vocational training fields are plumbing, construction and electrical work but there is a wide variety of other options as well. These fields often include but are not limited to:

  • Design
  • Business
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Welding, Carpentry, and Auto Servicing
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary

Reason 2– Time

Vocational training is a great choice if you are looking to get a head start on your career. Some vocational courses can be completed in as few as six months. Others take between one to two years, giving you plenty of skills and experience to get you started in your new career in a shorter amount of time. This means there is opportunity to start earning more money and experience sooner than other options such as an associates or bachelor’s degree. This option also can have flexibility to them because most courses are offered as day or night sessions. This can be especially helpful in creating a balance for people who still want to work full-time or have other needs to attend to.

Reason 3– Experience

These days, experience is a major factor in getting a job. It can be difficult getting your foot in the door if you do not have the skills or experience the employer is looking for. To get a job, you will need to get experience but to get experience, you need to get a job. Vocational training is one way to break that cycle. In vocational training, you are actively learning skills and applying them at the same time. This gives you hard skills and relevant experience you can add to a resume to help get you a job in the field you desire. This experience can also help you understand more about what the job is like and how it will look in a professional setting.

Reason 4 – Money

Money is always an important factor when making career decisions. Often the goal of furthering your education is to get an increase in salary. With the added skills and additional certification being offered in these courses, vocational training creates the possibility to earn more money. On the flip side, money is an important factor in deciding what options are affordable. Vocational courses are less costly than higher education and they often offer financial aid and support.

There are many ways vocational training courses are a good choice for people wanting a change in their career or gain new skills. If you are interested in vocational training courses or want more information about them, Mary Rigg is here for you. We have vocational training orientations on the first Tuesday of every month, which you can sign up on our website here. We can also connect you to our trained career coaches who are eager to help you figure out the right moves for your future.