Career changes and upskilling spurred on by pandemic

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The pandemic has sparked a change in career direction for thousands with many now considering apprenticeships, according to Yorkshire based training firm, Eden Training Solutions.

The professional training firm has seen a 50% increase in demand for training jobs in areas such as education and childcare in the last year. ‘Pandemic inspired’ careers such as healthcare, childcare and HR have all experienced an increase in the last year whilst other individuals are looking to join the virtual PT movement, which has seen large growth with gyms closed.

Jon O’Boyle, Director of Operations at Eden Training Solutions, comments: “The increased demand for teacher assistant qualifications, for example, is a direct response to the pandemic. Education has never before been in the media spotlight as it has over the past year. Be it positive or negative news, this exposure has inspired thousands of individuals to pursue a new career in this industry.

“What’s more, the demand for training in leadership and managerial skills, across all industries, has increased massively – indicating that people are using this time, especially when furloughed, so upskill, retrain and boost their CVs.”

Eden Training Solutions urges individuals looking to upskill, retrain or embark on a career now or in the future to investigate the range of funded opportunities available through the national apprentice scheme, be it through their current employer or individually. Jon O’Boyle of Eden Training Solutions concludes: “apprenticeship training is the key to avoiding mass unemployment, whilst paving the way to fill skills shortages in industries with a sustained abundance of jobs”.

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