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A growing number of people are choosing to pursue further study through work rather than in universities or colleges.

High level learning is education that leads to advanced qualifications, such as degrees, foundation degrees, higher national diplomas and national vocational qualifications.

Some people also learn in small chunks, through continuing professional development schemes.

Workplace learning may not require the same qualifications as a traditional university or college education, since life and work experience tend to play a bigger role in applications.

It might also give you greater flexibility to fit your studies around other commitments, such as work or childcare.

But while workplace learning offers many opportunities, it can be complicated and costly. It’s a good idea to start by approaching your union rep or another professional adviser, who can help you to make a plan for higher learning.

Trade unions support working people into higher learning every day, with the support of Unionlearn.

If you’re not already a union member, you can use our Union Finder tool to find out which one would be the best fit.

Are you a rep? You can find more practical advice on a range of workplace issues in our support for reps section

Union learning has impacted Mark's whole family
I had life-long difficulties with reading and writing, which I finally overcame as an adult, thanks to the support of my union.
What kind of training is available at work?
All jobs require a certain degree of training, but good employers will go beyond the basics and offer ample opportunities for their staff to develop.
How do I find out about training options within my organisation?
Ask your colleagues, manager or HR department what training options are available for you. If the employer offers nothing itself, then find out about suitable courses that you can take externally and ask if your organisation will give you the time and funding necessary to participate.
What are foundation degrees?
Foundation degrees are designed by universities in association with employers and combine academic and workplace skills. They allow you to study while you work and can suit those who are looking for work or wanting to change careers as well as those who do not want to embark on a full degree course.
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