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Over half of UK workers want to skill up for career success

With many people in the UK in furlough or out of work, new research from Totaljobs has found that two thirds of workers are using this time to re-evaluate their career. Those considering a career change by working in a different industry are driven by a desire to learn new skills or challenge themselves (51 per cent), gain a better work-life balance (43 per cent) or have increased job security (32 per cent).

Overall half of UK workers (50 per cent) expect they’ll make a career change within the next two years, equating to nearly 16.6 million workers switching industry in that time. In addition, Totaljobs data shows that 43 per cent hope to make a career move as soon as possible, while 23 per cent plan to do so within the next year

Many have already had to make a career change out of necessity. News of former airline staff using their first aid training in hospitals and FM operatives retraining to work in cleaning roles on the NHS front line has shown how UK businesses and workers have adapted to the ever-changing situation.

In the months and years prior to the outbreak of Covid-19, three quarters of UK businesses have faced skills or labour shortages. Some industries have paused hiring or have furloughed staff, while others have seen a surge in demand following the outbreak.

In a recent interview with International Workplace CEO David Sharp, we learnt how the training, consulting and development organisation’s new digital update service, Workplace DNA, is designed to promote continuous learning at work.

As Sharp commented: “One of the reasons we developed Workplace DNA was that for years our clients would say to us ‘this is our training budget but we can only afford to invest it in a small number of people’. As for the rest, they’d tell us they badly needed to train them, but the reality was that 98 per cent of their workforce weren’t getting any meaningful access to learning and development.”

With the Covid-19 outbreak proving how vital it is to ensure those working in the FM sector, maintain their skills set, FMJ has launched a new online training service. Working with International Workplace it offers a selection of IOSH-APPROVED eLearning courses online for operatives, managers, supervisors and business leaders.

For more information visit the new dedicated https://www.fmj.co.uk/training/ section of the site. And keep checking back as we’ll be adding to these training opportunities in the weeks to come.

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