Vocational training brings greater happiness

Shrewsbury College are encouraging young people to consider their options after school, following new research which suggests vocational courses are more likely to lead to happiness at work.

The research, which was released by the City & Guilds awarding body earlier this month, revealed that people in vocationally trained and skills-based jobs, such as hairdressers, plumbers and electricians, were happiest compared to those in largely academically trained, office-based jobs.

Learning a trade from the beginning and working your way up also has a positive impact on levels of pride, with nearly 70 per cent of those in vocationally trained jobs saying they were proud of their work.

“It’s particularly interesting to see that those who have taken the vocational route are happiest and feel the most pride in their work,” said Charmian Turner, Marketing Manager at Shrewsbury College. “In light of the City & Guilds research we are encouraging young people to come along with friends or family and see why so many students love to study our practical and work-related vocational courses.”

Nick Bradley, Group Director at City & Guilds, added: "At a time when both happiness and employment are high on the Government agenda, we wanted to link the two areas and look into what affects levels of happiness at work and in life. Most people spend half of their time working, so we wanted to find out what makes people happy at work and how that differs by job role. There's certainly something to be said from learning specific skills and working your way up the career ladder.”

For more information on the range of full-time vocational courses and apprenticeships on offer at Shrewsbury College, drop in at any of the campuses or call the Course Information Team on 01743 342342.
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