Retraining for a new job in a new industry may seem daunting but, with some sectors likely to struggle in a post-COVID world and others set to ‘build back better’, it could prove prudent.
Freshening up your skillset is never a bad option and getting back in the classroom (or in front of the Zoom camera) to add another string to your bow could be your one-way ticket out of trouble.
The pandemic has certainly been a period like no other. There is barely a person on the planet who has not, in some way or another, been affected by 18 months of seemingly constant upheaval, disruption and chaos.
The reality is that the ramifications of COVID-19 will live with us for a generation or more. It will potentially change things forever. It’s now up to us to adapt, to evolve and to find new ways to thrive.
For many, that means rethinking their professional life. For some, it’s as straightforward as switching to a more blended working from home/office routine while for others it will be a total change of career.
One thing the pandemic has given us is thinking time and perhaps now, after a year or more of weighing up your options, this is the moment you take the plunge and decide on something different.
By studying the very latest labour market statistics for Northamptonshire, the team at Northampton College have built up a picture of which industries are set to be looking for new recruits to bolster their workforce as they prepare to expand further once lockdown is over.
With a million new homes pledged to be built by 2050, the construction industry looks set for significant growth – with rapid recruitment needed to supplement and eventually replace an aging workforce.
The college will be introducing a range of short skills-based courses for adults in the area to support this huge housing project, giving people the chance to retrain and take advantage of potentially lucrative new careers in an essential industry.
There has also been a notable rise in the number of vacancies being advertised in the health and social care sector while education, admin, logistics and support services have all seen an uptick in recent months.
As the world changes and adapts accordingly to a landscape shaped by the double impact of COVID and Brexit, the college is committed to shaping its offering to ensure local people have the skills local employers need. From the very latest digital demands to producing a ready-to-go pipeline of site-ready plumbers and painters, no skills gap will be left unfilled.
As it gets ready to get Northamptonshire moving, the college is inviting professionals looking for a change of career to join that journey.
Returning to education after an extended period in the working world should not be seen as a backward step. It could prove a smart move, refreshing your skills and equipping you with the tools to success in the 21st century workplace.
Northampton College courses aren’t simply for students progressing straight from school. If you’re looking to change direction in your career, or maybe achieve the degree you missed out on when you were younger, Access to Higher Education courses could be for you, while maths, English and digital skills courses can give you the qualifications you need to get up to speed with modern office life.
More than 91 per cent of adult learners achieve their qualifications at Northampton College and are able to take on learning at the next level, preparing for university or gaining skilled employment.
Anyone over the age of 18 can study one of the free and fee-paying part-time maths, English or digital courses at The Skills Centre NC, and benefit from a relaxed and friendly environment and qualified tutors.
To book an appointment for an assessment of your current skill level and requirements, call 0300 123 2344 or visit www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk for more details.