Top 7 Places to Find Free and Low Cost Job Training

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Finding a job that pays enough to take care of your family can be tough when you don’t have any qualifications. One way to up your appeal to employers is to get training. While job training can be costly, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Here are 7 places to find affordable job training.


  1. Adult Schools

Most cities have adult schools with both enrichment and professional courses and programs. They typically have various medical, cosmetology, and technology programs to choose from and are much cheaper than going to schools dedicated to this type of training.


      2. Community Colleges

While most think of community colleges as a means to get to a university, but that also have certification programs that are usually fairly quick and inexpensive. Check your local community college’s website to see what types of programs they offer.


     3. Career One Stop 

While this website doesn’t offer classes or programs, it offers a great database of those that do. You can search for programs in your area to get certified, get a degree, or simply take a class. It’s by far the easiest way to search for training in almost any field.


     4. GCF Learn Free 

This site is run by Goodwill Industries and has free courses on computer skills as well as reading, writing, and career development. The courses are easy to follow and great for brushing up on skills you may have forgotten or picking up new ones you may not have considered.


     5. Open University 

The Open University is based in the UK but offers courses worldwide. They have a selection of free classes available, many of which are great to further your career. You can also become a distance learning student and earn a certification or degree, although this option is not free.


     6. Alison 

Alison has arguably one of the largest collections of free courses. You can also take a series of courses for free and then get certified for usually less than $100. They have courses on almost anything you can imagine, for both career and personal enrichment.


     7. Udemy

Udemy offers both free and paid courses. Most of the paid courses are relatively inexpensive and they have a pretty good selection of free ones. The great thing about Udemy is that you can even take your courses on your mobile phone.

The type and amount of training you need will depend on the type of job you want. Be aware that there’s no way around needing a degree for certain jobs. However, with so many options, know that it is possible to get a better job.


By: Alecia Stanton

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