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Retraining after redundancy for a tradeperson career

Redundancy is one of those things that usually hits us unexpectedly. But it doesn't have to be bad; redundancy could be the catalyst you need to retrain and kickstart a new career. Find out what some of your options are below in our guide to retraining after redundancy.

What does the law say about redundancy?

According to Section 139 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, redundancy is a dismissal from your job.

It takes place when whoever employs you decides to stop employing you because they need to reduce their workforce. This means that you’re now surplus to requirements in that company.

Your selection for redundancy must be done in a fair way. For example, because of your level of experience or ability to the do the job. It cannot be based on your age, gender, being disabled or pregnant.

Your employer should also act according to your contract and legal redundancy rights. They must make sure you’re consulted, follow the necessary selection process, and give you the right notice period.

What are your options after redundancy?

There are plenty of ways to get yourself back into employment following redundancy.

You could start by sending your CV around again, looking for another job in the same field you already have experience in.

Or you could start afresh and go down a new career path, retraining after your redundancy. The world is your oyster, and there are lots of training courses you can pursue to get you up to speed.

How easy is it to retrain after redundancy?

The ease of retraining after redundancy can vary depending on several factors, such as:

  • Industry demand: the ease of retraining after redundancy depends on the demand for skills in the chosen industry. Some sectors may have higher demand for workers with certain skills, making it easier for them to find new opportunities
  • Transferable skills: the presence of transferable skills can enhance the ease of retraining. If you possess skills that are applicable across different industries, you may have a broader range of retraining options
  • Available resources: the availability of resources and support, such as government-funded training programmes and financial assistance, can impact ease of retraining
  • Location: the job market and demand for specific skills can vary by geographical location. It may be easier to retrain after redundancy in areas with a growing economy and demand for the desired skills

Luckily, there are lots of courses out there that you can complete. We can’t promise the actual retraining will be easy though!

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Retraining after redundancy: becoming a trade

If you decide to retrain after redundancy, one of the best places to start is choosing an industry you think you’ll be good at.

If you’re retraining to become a trade, there are lots of options. Could you train to be a gas engineer? A plumber? A carpenter? There are a wide range of courses you can do to kickstart your new career as a tradesperson.

One way to retrain after redundancy whilst getting experience too is to do an apprenticeship. Take a look at our guide to apprenticeships.

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What trade courses are available?

There are so many options when it comes to retraining after redundancy including various trade courses.

You could consider training to become an electrician or instead train to be a gas engineer.

For even more information, we’ve got a whole guide on the top training courses available for tradespeople.

Government funding for retraining after redundancy

You may be wondering what help is available if you’re made redundant. Luckily, there is some government support out there to help you.

This means you may not need to have all the cash up front if you’re looking to retrain after being made redundant.

  • You could get a long-term student loan from the government. Repayments can then be taken from your pay packet once you’re well and truly back up on your feet
  • You could get a grant or bursary that doesn’t need to be paid back
  • You can also claim benefits to cover you financially whilst you retrain

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Retraining after redundancy FAQs

What redundancy training is available in England?

There are various options when it comes to retraining after redundancy in the UK.

  • Government Programmes: the UK government offers various initiatives and programmes to support individuals facing redundancy. For example, the National Careers Service, which provides career advice and guidance.
  • Apprenticeships: these are structured training programmes that combine on-the-job training and classroom learning. They are available in various industries and can help individuals develop new skills
  • Local colleges: many colleges and universities offer short-term courses and vocational training programmes. These can be tailored to specific industries.
  • Retraining schemes: some retraining schemes are designed to help individuals switch careers by providing training in high demand fields

Which redundancy training course should you choose?

It’s important to pick a redundancy retraining course that you think you’ll be good at, that you’ll enjoy, and that you know you can get a job out of at the end.

However, If you’re worried about having to find work afterwards, an apprenticeship could be the best route for you to go down.

Here are some steps you can take to help you make an informed decision:

  • Self-assessment: identify your skills, strengths, and areas where you need improvement. Also, assess your interests, values, and long-term career goals to determine which course aligns with your objectives
  • Research in-demand skills: investigate the current job market and identify skills that are in high demand. Look for industries with growth potential and consider courses that align with those sought-after skills
  • Industry Certifications: many industries value specific certifications. Research the certifications relevant to your chosen field and consider courses that prepare you for these

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