Majority mull flexible learning to boost job prospects – survey

16 Aug 2011

The majority of the public is aware that upskilling can boost their job prospects, with 65pc saying they have considered flexible learning, a survey by BlueBrick.ie suggests.

BlueBrick.ie, a tool which allows visitors to find a course to best fit their life and work schedule, also found that 37pc of respondents cited family commitments as a constraint in any decision to pursue flexible learning while 36pc cited financial constraints.

More than 50pc of respondents said they would prefer a mixture of classroom and online learning should they pursue further education, showing that flexibility is a key consideration for those interested in further education.

"With the survey showing that a majority of people are considering flexible learning to improve their job prospects, we believe that the improved BlueBrick.ie will be an invaluable tool for the public who wish to upskill and develop their qualifications in order to progress through a very challenging employment market feeling more secure and confident," said Dr Richard Thorn, director of flexible learning from the Institutes of Technology Ireland, which are a key driving force behind the site.

"Flexible learning offers a practical way for people to learn at their own pace and at their own place of choice, and with an even greater choice of courses available on BlueBrick.ie, we feel this is the first port of call for people to build a better future for themselves,” Thorn added.

BlueBrick.ie includes information courses which either allows the individual to continue in their chosen career path by upskilling, or to change career completely through reskilling opportunities.

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