If you are thinking of changing careers or have been out of work for a while, you may need new skills, or qualifications to show skills you already have.
You may also need to improve the basic skills that employers will be looking for, such as written English, maths or computer skills.
There is support available to help you decide on your next steps.
Ask your union
If you are a member of a union, ask if they have a Learning Representative who can guide you through your options for training or gaining new qualifications. This could be training in the workplace, or at a local college or training centre.
The TUC’s UnionLearn website has information on learning opportunities
The Government's Careers Advice website has lots of advice on careers and learning. You can also call them on 0800 100 900 (freephone) for free personalised careers advice and guidance.
The nextstep careers information and advice service provides guidance on learning, skills and work. Some services may not be available to people who have more than five GCSEs or equivalent, but all nextsteps can provide free information.
To find your nearest one visit the nextstep website or call the Learning and Skills Council on 0870 900 6800 (national call rate).
The Age and Employment Network (TAEN) is a national organisation committed to creating an effective job market for people over 50. They can point you to member organisations in your area for support in getting work or training. Visit the TAEN website or call 020 7843 1590 for more information.
Some local Age Concerns and Age UKs also run projects to help people get into work. If not, they may still be able to direct you to a relevant organisation. Call 0800 169 6565 to find your nearest one.