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Becoming self employed is an option which many mums take, but others prefer to work outside the home in a new career. Whatever choice is the final one, there are government training schemes to help, either in new career paths or the basics of setting up home based work on a self employed basis.
When you first leave work to become a parent, you may intend to return to your original career once the children are older. Many mums who go on to work from home decide when the children are small that they don’t want to rejoin their previous career structure, preferring to enjoy the children and have a less stressed life. In other cases, their previous job doesn’t really lend itself to flexible working. Becoming self employed is an option which many mums take, but others prefer to work outside the home in a new career. Whatever choice is the final one, there are government training schemes to help, either in new career paths or the basics of setting up home based work on a self employed basis.
Many of the government schemes are based on the needs of the long term unemployed who have been claiming benefits, but there are others which can help. National Vocational Qualifications can be obtained in loads of different sectors and the lower levels are a good way of finding out if you have a skill that you were previously doubtful about. It is also a great help if you then decide to go on and make a home based business out of the new qualification, because it shows potential clients and lenders that you take the whole business seriously and are not going to cut and run.
Although it is tempting to change horses completely, you need to think carefully before retraining. Although some of the government schemes are free, there may be employment criteria that have to be met, so don’t pin all your hopes on getting on a course if you left work voluntarily to have a family. Places are often in short supply and the unemployed in receipt of benefits will always get first pick. Also, make sure that the course is going to be beneficial. Recent government changes in the NVQs delivered in schools as A level equivalents have resulted in a rethink across the board at the usefulness of courses in general. Some of the courses called by some education professionals ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses may sound tempting if you are casting around for work for yourself ideas, but if they don’t enhance your prospects, you should think carefully.
Government run courses are usually fairly short, as their aim is to get people up and out at work as quickly as possible. With unemployment currently at around 8% of the workforce, the situation is one which the government is keen to see improve. If your business is likely to be an employer, you will find that there are schemes to help you train the workers, as this will improve the statistics. It is very important if you do end up taking on staff that you keep abreast of new government initiatives as they will help your business in both financial and quality sectors. Lifelong learning is the key to keeping your business skills fresh and new courses are added all the time.