If you’re like us, at about this point in the lockdown, you’ll have powered through all your favourite books, TV shows and board games, and are now looking for new ways to entertain yourself or make the best use of the extra time at home.
Well one positive way to continue keeping busy while avoiding highly populated areas is by heading online to see what courses might be of interest – and available from the safety of your home. This could be the chance to develop skillsets in preparation for returning back to work, exploring new job avenues for the future, or even just learning more about topics that have always seemed interesting.
And why not? People tend to rely on their employer to provide opportunities for training and learning, but not all organisations are forthcoming with this, and many employees may be more interested in gaining skills in new areas. So, now is the perfect time to seek out that extra qualification, accreditation or make the first step into a brand new career.
The home learning boom
We’re already seeing students of all ages and backgrounds heading online to complete courses started in person at an institution (such as a university or school), which could potentially prompt a surge in online learning that may never entirely dissipate back to levels prior to the pandemic. But more are now seeing the benefits of sticking at home to upskill, outside of traditional learning establishments. Not only does it provide new opportunities for prospective candidates, it gives employers a wealth of new talent to choose from in the future.
However, often online courses can be difficult to afford, especially if they are not funded by employers. So, in response to this upsurge in demand, online learning organisations are working to make learning at home more accessible.
Affordable home learning
The online recruitment website reed.co.uk recently rolled out our payment plan options into its checkout to enable users to split up payments into several monthly and interest-free instalments, making its online courses ultimately more affordable.
The UK’s #1 job site features a full course search from a range of learning providers and partners, and includes distance learning, online, classroom-based and free courses. These courses enable job seekers and students to upskill and equip themselves with the appropriate qualifications and accreditations for their dream job – a vital resource during this current crisis.
This partnership is included among several of our new initiatives as we aim to put our services to good use during the current global pandemic. With a focus on responsible lending, our goal is to provide an intuitive interest-free credit solution that puts the customer’s needs first.
That is why our partnership with reed.co.uk is so important. It allows prospective students of all ages to spread the cost of their course, without having to pay any additional fees, delay their studies, or sacrifice the quality of their learning. With a quick and easy application and an approval rate of more than 90%, these new payment options make higher priced, higher quality courses more affordable – and will ultimately work to boost course sales and help more people to get qualified during the lockdown.
Preparing for opportunities post-lockdown
With the option to spread the cost of home learning courses over several months, and a range of options available, we’re able to help reed.co.uk’s users purchase a course on their terms. This way, learners can use home learning tools to equip themselves for new opportunities post-lockdown.
For more information on our partnership with reed.co.uk, see the full announcement here.
To find out more about splitting up payments for your reed.co.uk course, speak to a member of our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.