It’s Official: Learning Improves Career Prospects

A third of men and nearly a third of women who participated in further education (FE) got a better job as a result, Skills Minister Matthew Hancock announced today.

This is the key finding from The Impact of FE Learning, a new report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The research found that the primary motive for FE learning was to improve job prospects, or get a new job.

The report also demonstrated many other financial, personal and social benefits:

  • Eighteen per cent of men and 12 per cent of women got promoted
  • Earnings showed a 2.75 per cent increase following completion. This equates to an increase of £426 in annual salary for someone earning £15,485
  • Fifty-eight per cent of respondents who completed their course or training indicated that they were getting more satisfaction from their job
  • Eighty per cent indicated that they had gained self-confidence or self-esteem
  • Fifty-eight per cent of women and 47 per cent of men said completing their course helped them support their children with school work.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: “This report is strong evidence that at all ages learning isn’t just a nice-to-have; it’s important for both personal and professional development. Employers also benefit from more highly-skilled staff.”