The Covid-19 pandemic has given women the opportunity to become more ambitious about their careers with online learning allowing them to target male-dominated industries, according to training provider FutureLearn.
A YouGov survey carried out on behalf of the firm found 40 per cent of British women say they are more likely to take an online course over the next five years to boost their career, compared to 35 per cent of men.
The pandemic has had an impact on attitudes to learning over a computer, tablet or phone – 27 per cent of women told the researchers they were more interested in taking an online course as a result of Covid-19 while 23 per cent of men said the same.
FutureLearn reported 55 per cent of people enrolling on science, engineering and maths courses last year were women. Female students also drove a 350 per cent increase in enrolments in tech and coding courses between 2019 and 2020, comprising the majority of applicants.
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“Online learning grew in popularity during the pandemic and is set to continue doing so as technology advances,” said Matt Jenner, director of learning at FutureLearn.