Surge in uptake of online courses as workers look to new opportunities in 2021

Online Training and taking notes

Research from of 1,521 workers has found that 66% completed online training in 2020 to upskill or reskill and improve their job prospects.

39,000 reed courses were taken between November and December 2020, a 64% increase on the same time in 2019. Some of the popular courses included those in IT, Business and Admin and Counselling.

The data has revealed that 16–34-year-olds are the age group most likely to seek new opportunities with 71% completing online training compared to 57% of over 45s. Of those who have taken part in online courses, 93% plan to use the skills to find a new job.

Respondents shared a feeling of optimism about their job prospects as 2021 began, with 61% of those who were made redundant in 2020 hopeful their role will return this year. Additionally, 51% of those who were furloughed during the pandemic don’t believe their employability has been affected.

James Reed, Chairman of REED, comments: “It’s encouraging to see that so many workers are upskilling and/or reskilling in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. As the vaccine roll-out gathers pace and the economy starts to reopen, these extra skills will prove crucial to improving people’s job prospects – especially in such a competitive jobs market.

“After a difficult year, the economy continues to face some familiar challenges. But jobseekers have shown great flexibility, dynamism and resilience in tough conditions, and their proactive approach to learning new skills is another encouraging sign.

“There is hope that the economic recovery is underway and will gather pace over the next few months. Make sure you’re ready for when the right job becomes available.”