With a second national lockdown now in force, many of us will be spending more time at home – again. Unlike the wall-to-wall sunshine of spring, though, the increasingly chilly and wet weather at this time of year means we’re likely to be indoors with extra time on our hands while the kids are at school. So why not use the opportunity to boost your knowledge and gain new skills with some lockdown home learning?
The last period of national lockdown was a time for taking up exercise with Joe Wicks, baking banana bread and learning new skills. This latest lockdown will undoubtedly bring with it a few new trends as we approach Christmas, but distance learning and e-learning is likely to remain popular as we look for ways to stop those four walls from closing in.
Research shows that more than 950,000 people enrolled on UK distance learning courses during the last lockdown, while thousands more started learning a new language. More than a fifth of Brits took up a new hobby over the same period and 35% rediscovered an old pastime.
With growing uncertainty around jobs, lockdown is an ideal opportunity to build skills – e-learning courses in leadership, management and digital skills proved particularly popular last time. For others, it was a time to discover new passions and join the 85,000 online businesses that opened up while physical premises were closed.
Whether you want to build your skills or uncover a hidden talent, the next few weeks will be prime time to enrol on an e-learning course and make the most of a quieter month.
Our favourite home learning courses
DivideBuy works with several retailers across education and training to help spread the cost of e-learning products. If you decide that now is the time to tap into your talents, or even to make a full career change, our retailers offer plenty of choice when it comes to home learning.
Degrees and industry qualifications via e-learning
Reed.co.uk is one of the partners we work with to offer a range of distance learning courses on zero per cent finance, covering a broad range of industries like construction, web development, fashion and hospitality. From university courses to industry certifications, there are thousands of e-learning programmes available with Reed, and you can spread the cost over a period of between 2 and 12 months to suit you.
Education technology home learning
Another retailer we work with is e-Careers.com – an EdTech careers service offering courses, advice and business solutions. Upskill in bookkeeping, financial services or cyber security, become a digital marketing professional or even a football intermediary – wherever your passions lie, you can spread the cost of home learning with e-Careers.com.
Online IT courses
If technology and earning some extra income is more your thing, Training Square London offers courses for beginners to the more advanced, giving you all the experience you need to trade commodities and currencies online.
We’re always adding new retail partners at DivideBuy – check out the education and training sections of our retailer directory regularly to find out more about the home learning courses available on an interest-free basis and spread the cost of upskilling during lockdown.