The pandemic, in addition to promoting teleworking and accelerating digital transformation, has in the last two years boosted the training of Spanish professionals. According to data from the InfoJobs study on training, 4 out of 10 workers claim to have been trained during covid. But, in addition, 60% indicate that they plan to train throughout this 2022.
The young people aged 16 to 24 with temporary or internship contracts they are the ones that have been trained the most (51%) during this period. In addition, among the different types of training, the training courses stand out, to which one in two professionals have attended to broaden their knowledge. On the other hand, 9% of workers indicate that they have opted for the master’s or postgraduate pathway.
Likewise, among those who indicate that they intend to train this year, they highlight young people between 16 and 24 years old (71%), as well as those who currently enjoy a hybrid work model (73%). Once again, training courses are the main option selected by professionals for 2022 (60%), although master’s degrees and postgraduate degrees also receive a greater number of mentions (18%).
In the words of Mónica Pérez, Director of Communication and Studies at InfoJobs: “Constant training is undoubtedly one of the main needs that any professional who wishes to be competitive in the labor market must attend to”. “The digital transformation and the possibility of working remotely are contributing to the fact that more and more workers find facilities to acquire knowledge that they did not have access to before or to learn others that allow them to grow in their work, look for a new one or change their sector”.
Workers between the ages of 35 and 65 opt for recycling
According to the study of the leading employment platform in Spain, the main reasons that workers mention for training are: continue to grow as a professional (54%), improve competitiveness (46%) and develop personally (45%). These are followed by recycling knowledge (44%) and learning something totally new, in which the worker is not yet trained (24%).
By age range, while the youngest are trained to learn highly demanded skills (30% of mentions compared to 17% on average) and to change jobs easily (21%); professionals aged 35 and over are committed to training to recycle their knowledge. At this point, workers aged 55 to 65 (54% of mentions) especially stand out.
On the other hand, the training motivations of teleworkers are more diverse: in addition to growing professionally and improving their competitiveness, they want to train to learn something totally new (30% of mentions compared to 22% of those who work in person) and to change work more easily (23% of mentions compared to 14% of those who do not telecommute).
One of the main conclusions that can be drawn from the survey is the growing tendency to diversify knowledge, that is, training in topics that are not directly related to the employee’s work sector. And it is that, although the vast majority of those who were trained during the pandemic did so to evolve their skills, 1 in 4 was trained in topics unrelated to their work sector (27%) or in complementary topics (25%). Likewise, 35% of those surveyed plan to receive training this year on topics not related to their work sector, and 30% on complementary topics.