Over a quarter of Brits opt for a new trade in post-pandemic career change

Online learning portal, Access Training UK has revealed that over a quarter (29%) of Brits are opting for a new trade in a post-pandemic career change.

Businesses have faced a challenging time over the last year and whilst government support measures like the furlough scheme have gone a long way to protect jobs during the pandemic, they have not provided a catch all solution, leading to a record high in redundancies last year and an unemployment rate of 4.8% this year.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see that many people are beginning to use this opportunity to train for a new profession, specifically in the trade industry. Online learning portal, Access Training UK revealed a 29% increase in applicants to its trade courses in 2020, including a noticeable 14% increase in female applicants. It seems training to be an electrician has been the most popular avenue over the last year with a 38% increase in trainees. closely followed by gas engineer courses (29%), plumber courses (24%) and carpentry courses (13%).

In addition, there is also a large proportion of the population who are reconsidering their career path. 40% are considering leaving their employer this year to pursue other avenues and one in five of the global workforce have confessed to being concerned about their work-life balance. Having spent more time at home over the last year than ever before, the prospect of entrepreneurship and being your own boss has become more appealing than ever. 

Key Stats:

  • Access Training UK has revealed a 29% increase in the number of trainees registering for construction-led courses in 2020, including a 14% increase in female trainees
  • Training to be an electrician proves most popular with a 38% increase, closely followed by increases in gas engineer courses (29%), plumber courses (24%) and carpentry courses(13%).
  • Access Training UK shares five top tips for embarking on a new career                      

Jamie Jefferies, CEO of Access Training UK, comments:

Construction and manual trade were some of the UK’s strongest sectors during the pandemic. Since the lifting of the first national lockdown in May last year, the trade industry has remained open and tradespeople have continued to work throughout the pandemic in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Therefore, it is no surprise to see that entering the trade profession has become a popular route as many look to ‘pandemic-proof’ their career and finances, address their work-life balance and become their own boss.”

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