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Revealed: Most popular free courses for Australian workers

A woman is studying on a laptop wearing a yellow top - workers in the city cross the street
Revealed: the most popular free online courses for Aussie workers

Microsoft Excel, business communication and structured problem-solving made the top of the list of the best free training courses for 2022, offered online at Hays Learning.

Hays managing director for Australia and New Zealand Nick Deligiannis said the Christmas and New Year period was a good time for many Aussie workers to focus on upskilling and getting ready for the working year ahead.

“From learning new technical skills to advancing your soft skills and digital skills, continuous learning keeps you employable and helps future-proof your career,” Deligiannis said.

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According to the professionals who completed courses on the Hays Learning platform, the six top-ranked courses in 2022 were:

  • Microsoft Excel in 30 minutes

  • business communication skills

  • structured problem-solving

  • communicating under pressure

  • data analysis

  • verbal communication skills.

Hays Learning offers free online courses for Australian workers and covers a wide range of topics, from technical skills to diversity and inclusion, learning to work hybrid and well-being.

Research conducted by Hays on workplace training revealed employers were failing to provide the upskilling their staff required. Despite this, 82 per cent of employers surveyed said they were concerned about skills shortages in the workforce, while 92 per cent of employees said their role required them to learn new skills.

The survey also revealed that 83 per cent of professionals said they were highly interested in learning new skills yet only 48 per cent of employers believed their employees were interested in doing so.

Delgiannis said employers valued job candidates who drove their own learning and that upskilling over the holiday period gave workers the opportunity to update their CV and Linkedin profiles once they had completed the training.

“We know there’s a learning disconnect between what professionals need and employers offer … if you upskill over the holiday period, continuous learning keeps you employable and helps future-proof your career.”