Develop the skills employers are looking for

It’s a tough time in the UK jobs market. With official figures showing the largest drop in employment in over a decade and more businesses looking at ways to cut costs as the furlough scheme ends, the coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the world of work.

But with challenge comes opportunity. We have been forced to digitalise our lives at speed. Almost overnight education and training has changed dramatically with demand for online learning skyrocketing both at school and at work. Faced with an uncertainty, more of us want to maximise our chances of either finding new employment or safeguarding our careers by expanding our skills.

Reed researchAccording to a recent survey by the recruitment giant REED, almost three quarters of respondents have taken a professional course or are considering further studying to progress their career.  27% of those surveyed had taken an online course during lockdown and 19% had been inspired to change career.

In our industry, CIPD qualifications are a great way to develop your knowledge and enhance your career in HR or L&D.  Our qualifications can be achieved from home or at work by studying 100% online and all come with Associate Membership of the CIPD which many employers now look for when recruiting.

At Watson Martin, we have noticed a surge in demand for all HR and L&D CIPD programmes, with our fast track delivery methods proving particularly popular with candidates. Designed to allow you the flexibility to speed through your qualification if you choose, the programmes are available at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced CIPD levels and combine all the benefits of online learning with the personal support for which we are renowned.

As well as specialist or technical knowledge, employers increasingly depend on transferable essential skills for organisational success and to improve productivity. According to the CIPD, there is growing recognition that the development of essential or ‘employability’ skills, such as teamwork, presenting and problem-solving, are crucial in preparing young people for the workplace. The same abilities are also critical to enable all employees whatever their age respond to changes in technology, work practices or employment.  The CIPD has launched the Essential Skills Taskforce to develop a universal framework to enable education providers and employers to have a common understanding of these skills in the modern workplace.

The global pandemic has reshaped the economy and the way we work. A report by the Harvard Business Review believes such massive change is escalating the importance of HR’s role within organisations.

If you are thinking of updating your skills in HR or L&D or retraining by studying for a CIPD qualification, then please contact our advisers on 020 7932 2760.  For further information on how to develop your HR or L&D career, check out our free career guides available adviser to director level.