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The SkillSeeder App Proves Popular with Women Looking to Upskill

Over 70% of the audience  engaging with the SkillSeeder app are female



SkillSeeder, the go-to marketplace app for in person and online training, has seen a surge in interest from female skill sharers and skill seekers. A first for Scotland, the app is  a  one-stop-shop for skill seekers to find courses, workshops or 1:1 training and allows skill sharers, whether they are professional or non-professional, to advertise their services in one place. Women  especially  are seeing the benefits of the app, which provides a flexible approach  to  training, and allows courses to be  delivered  in person and  online.

Supported by the Scottish Government, and  engaging  with  Lantra  Scotland  and  a range of organisations including  Women’s Enterprise Scotland,  SkillSeeder  now offers over 1,200 courses. From  computing  to  cookery , horticulture to health and safety,  forestry  to farming,  SkillSeeder  gives users the chance to both share  or  learn new skills.

The  SkillSeeder  app  is unique as It  encourages in-person and online upskilling for all skills and sectors. Removing  barriers to learning, SkillSeeder  is a real benefit to  those  such as people  who  lack confidence, have limited English language skills, or live far away from a college. Users  can search by location, and by their preferred learning style such as in person, online, listening, watching, or reading/writing.

Speaking about the  link  between  SkillSeeder  and  Women’s Enterprise Scotland, Carolyn Currie, CEO of Women’s Enterprise Scotland, 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 we launched last year, www.womensbusinesscentre.com, are critical in  helping women  develop the skills they need to reach their full potential.”

Discussing the  work between SkillSeeder and  Lanta  Scotland, Liz  Barron-Majerik, Director of  Lantra  Scotland, said, “Our rural and remote areas face significant challenges in retaining and developing the skills required for robust and resilient economies and never has that been more important. Challenges arising from geography and connectivity can make it hard enough to find appropriate mainstream learning opportunities, let alone the less formal learning.

We are working with  SkillSeeder  to help them develop a  skills  sharing system that encourages people to engage, and those with expertise to share their skills, in rural and remote locations.”

Co-founder of SkillSeeder, Kerry Cowan, said, “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.”

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