'Massive surge' in summer online training courses to boost job chances
More and more Brits are spending their summer undertaking online training courses in a bid to get ahead of the competitive job market, according to new research.
The 'massive surge' has been led by teaching, programming and people management courses, with wellbeing options also proving popular.
Leading the way with a 928 per cent monthly rise in July was the 'Teaching Young Learners Online' course, while the 'People Management' and 'Programming for Everybody: Python Data Structures' courses saw increases of 600 per cent and 490 per cent, respectively.
The research from Reed, which analysed its 40,000 available courses, found that the 'COVID-19: Psychological Impact, Wellbeing, and Mental Health' course had the greatest spike in sales, with the 'Data Analytics for Decision Making: An Introduction to Using Excel' and 'Financial Trading Course & Mentoring with eToro' options also seeing big monthly sales increases.
Overall, the most popular course of the summer so far has been the 'Essential IT Skills Level 2', followed by the 'Free CSCS Course' and the 'Business and Administration Level 2' courses.
Commenting on the findings, James Reed, Chairman of Reed, said: "It's great to see so many people being practical and using this time to upskill or reskill and revitalise their careers. The new skills they learn – such as online teaching and data analytics – will benefit them hugely, help to ease their return to work and enhance their CVs, while also benefitting the economy. In a challenging jobs market, this will be crucial to making them more competitive candidates and to help keep Britain working.
"I urge anyone who is currently furloughed or has some extra time to look into undertaking a course. There are so many courses at your fingertips on sites like reed.co.uk, and many of them are either free or cost next to nothing. The time you put into the course will be paid back tenfold, both by the skills that you acquire and the doors that these skills open."
Elsewhere, there was positive news for those working in travel consultant jobs across the UK earlier this week as Malaysia Airlines reported that more than half of Brits expect to fly away within the next six months.
A quarter (23 per cent) said they already felt comfortable boarding a flight, while 32 per cent expected to do so by February, with only five per cent not intending to fly at all in the near future.
By Owen Mckeon