Personal and online training app SkillSeeder has recently seen a substantial surge in interest from female skill sharers and seekers.
The app, a “one-stop-shop” which helps skill seekers to find courses, workshops or 1:1 training, also allows more people to earn an income from sharing their skills. This, in turn, allows skill sharers to advertise their services in one place.
Women especially are seeing the benefits of the app, which provides a flexible approach to training, and increases their access to in-person and online courses.
SkillSeeder is supported by the Scottish Government. The company also engages with Lantra Scotland, as well as a range of other organisations including Women’s Enterprise Scotland, and now offers over 1,000 courses.
Commenting on the boost in female users, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, Carolyn Currie, said: “As champions of female entrepreneurship in Scotland we were delighted to support Kerry and the team and are excited about working with SkillSeeder.
“We see huge opportunities for women-owned businesses to access the skills which will help them grow their businesses and also benefit commercially from offering their own training on the platform.”
Research shows that if more women, especially those in rural communities, were encouraged to upskill and start their own business, £8.8 billion could be added to the Scottish economy and 230,000 new jobs created.
Access to platforms such as SkillSeeder, along with initiatives such as the new online platform launched last year, are “critical in helping women develop the skills they need to reach their full potential,” the firm said.
The app encourages upskilling for all skills and sectors, which removes many of the barriers to learning. Additionally, SkillSeeder can benefit people who lack confidence, have limited English language skills or live far away from a college.
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Co-founder Kerry Cowan added: “We are delighted to be working with Lantra Scotland and will be integrating hundreds more Lantra training courses onto the SkillSeeder app over the next two weeks.
“We have many skill sharer accounts now registered with us from both professional trainers and informal experts from a variety of sectors. We have also now created a search function on the website so that people can search for courses without having to download the app first.
“We are pleased to be partnered with the Scottish Government and engaging with Lantra Scotland and Women’s Enterprise Scotland to ensure that as many women across Scotland as possible have access to training in a way which works for them.”