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Further Education Brings Better Career Prospects

Sun, 2002-03-24 00:00

New research has shown that people who participate in further education have better career prospects.

A recent government report shows that a third of men and nearly a third of women who participated in further education (FE) got a better job as a result. 

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 found that 18 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women obtained a promotion after completing an FE course along with earnings being increased by an average of 2.75 per cent.

Other findings from the report showed 58 per cent of people had a higher level of job satisfaction with 80 per cent reporting to have increased self-confidence and self-esteem.

And 58 per cent of women and 47 per cent of men believed they were better able to 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. Further education and training is essential for equipping people of all ages with the skills employers need to prosper and compete. I encourage employers and employees alike to note the findings, and make the most of the many development opportunities available.”

The full report is available by clicking here