Two thirds of people feel the Government should do more to encourage the Irish public to engage in courses and further education, feeling that grants, subsidies or tax credits should be given. That’s one of the key findings of Careers Unlimited’s January 2017 ‘Courses & Training’ survey. The survey was completed by over 1200 users of our leading course finder website, Nightcourses.com, between 15th & 23rd January and gives a snapshot of the opinions of Irish course seekers about courses, training, courses providers in Ireland and the attitudes of their employers and Government towards further education.
Other key findings were:
Meanwhile, less than half (40%) felt their employers were sufficiently supportive of further education and training.
32% of respondents were 35-44, 26% were 25-34 and 20% 45-54. Women made up 67% of respondents in our survey. Two third were in the Dublin commuter belt. 50% of those who completed the survey enrolled on a course during 201, with 67% of those planning to enrol on a course in 2017.
Our survey asked a range of questions to assess the propensity of Nightcourses.com users to enrol in courses in 2017, what were the key influencers in engaging with course providers and what their experiences of training and courses has been in recent years.
Only 12.5% found course information by visiting a college website, with 3% using a newspaper and 65% using online searches such as Nightcourses.com and Google.
Reasons for enrolling in a course
We wanted to know what factors people took into consideration when choosing a course.
Course seekers in Ireland have a generally positive experience of course providers. A massive 80 percent of respondents said their experience of Irish course providers has been good, very good or excellent.
Nearly 40% feel their employers are supportive of courses and further training, suggesting increased interest on the part of the business community in improving training in the workplace. 2% said they were actively discouraged from taking a part-time or evening course by their employer.
Two thirds feel the government could do more to encourage people to upskill or retrain. Another two thirds felt that more grants, subsidies or tax credits are necessary.
Many respondents noted there is not much support for those who are employed but wish to study further. Here is a selection of their responses:
Other issues that were raised as being not sufficiently supported by Government include supports for childcare, access for disabled people, relaxing rigid application rules and better internet coverage in rural areas.
28% enrol in a course once per year. Interestingly, 10% take on more than one course every year. Overall, two thirds of people are keen on further education and courses.
Reasons for not enrolling
We also wanted to know why people decided not to take a course. Here are the most important reasons:
Researching course options
Most people – 58 percent – spend two or more weeks researching course options before making a decision. A snappy 14% of those surveyed chose a course in less than a week.
Careers Unlimited’s Kevin Branigan said, “The Courses & Training Survey 2017″ is an interesting cross-section of opinions from a large sample of active course seekers, featuring, in particular, many people who intend to enrol in a course in 2017 and are actively seeking for options. It’s notable that people’s general view of course providers is positive and interesting that factors such as price, certification, distance from home/work and reputation of course provider are so high up the decision tree. It’s also interesting that the level of support from employers is strong. On the other scale, it’s clear people do not feel the Government is stepping up to the mark in providing incentives and support to those wishing to upskill“.
Those interested in obtaining a copy of the survey should contact:
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