Four out of five workers (82%) are keen to learn new skills to give themselves the best chance of job success when the UK emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The upskilling most in demand was digital capability (59%), followed by using excel (49%), entrepreneurialism (45%), CV writing (32%) and rocking a job interview (31%).
Of those surveyed by redwigwam, the UK’s largest flexible working community, 43% described themselves as working with no dependents and 20% were working parents.
The findings coincide with the launch of the Liverpool headquartered company’s pioneering Superpower Up campaign which will see redwigwam partnering some of the UK’s leading business experts to provide upskilling webinars for workers keen to learn new skills.
Subjects will include those that were highlighted in the survey as well as other topics such as digital skills, merchandising and personal branding.
On April 21, social media expert Alexander Low will provide wigwammers with practical knowledge of how to use LinkedIn as an extension of the redwigwam community to boost their profile and provide understanding of how to navigate the platform.
Lorna Davidson, Founder and CEO of redwigwam, said: “We believe this is a totally unique campaign in which some of the UK’s foremost experts in partnership with redwigwam will pass on their knowledge and skills free of charge.
“As a business, our purpose is to change work for good and as part of this we believe in the importance of giving back.
“Workers will have the chance to upskill, something our survey made clear is a major requirement as we start to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, and hirers will also benefit as the workers they need to recruit will be better equipped to meet their needs.”
The Superpower Up campaign will be available to the 150,000 flexible workers registered on redwigwam’s AI-powered online platform, as well as to any other worker who is keen to learn new skills.
redwigwam has been hugely busy throughout the pandemic, providing businesses with flexible workers to help them meet extra consumer demand, provide cover for regular employees who had to isolate due to the virus and various other business challenges.
Among the 4,500 companies that tap into the redwigwam community to find workers are Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, Morrison’s, Tesco, Burton’s Biscuits, SimplyCook, Proper and the Snaffling Pig Company.
Dan Parker, Digital Marketing Executive at redwigwam, said: “I’m extremely excited to be involved with the Superpower Up initiative. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our wigwammers to learn some invaluable skills and increase employability for the future and I can’t wait to give back to our hardworking wigwammer community.”
Rachael Johnston, redwigwam’s Community Manager, said: “I chat to our workers on a daily basis and there’s definitely an appetite for flexible working. The skills our wigwammers will take away from the webinars will really help empower them to have the work/life balance they want.”