It is important to continue professional training throughout your career to develop new skills, broaden your knowledge and improve your job prospects. However, balancing work and training can be difficult when you are employed. Here are some tips to help you do professional training while employed:
Discuss with your employer: It is important to discuss your professional training plans with your employer. There may be in-house training programmes or training grants that your employer can help you to obtain. In addition, talking to your employer will also help you to ensure that the training you are considering is in line with your company’s needs and objectives.
Use training leave: If your employer allows it, use training leave to undertake professional training. This leave is often paid and allows you to continue working while training.
Train outside of work hours: If you cannot afford to take training leave, it is possible to take training outside of work hours. There are many online or distance learning options that can be taken in the evening or at weekends.
Invest in targeted training: It is important to choose training that will enable you to develop specific skills that will be useful in your current or future job. This will help show your employer that you are committed to your professional development and to contributing to the company’s development.
Support yourself with financial aid: There are financial aids for vocational training such as job centres, Fongecif, opcalia, and joint training funding bodies. It is therefore important to find out about the different options available for obtaining financial support.
In short, it is possible to pursue vocational training while being employed. It is important to discuss with your employer, to use training leave, to train outside working hours, to choose targeted training and to support your project financially.
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