Internshala Trainings, the e-learning arm of Internshala, has brought out a report highlighting the growing participation of female learners in online training. The platform registered an exceptional increase of 48x in enrollments in the past 5 years. Where only 1,123 female students learnt a new skill in 2016, 53,000+ enrollments were made by them in 2020 in online training. Displaying almost equal participation with male learners, out of all the enrolments, 44% were made by female students in 2020 which was only 39% in 2016.
Digital literacy, the willingness to learn practical skills, and land lucrative internship and job opportunities grew comparatively among women learners from tier-2 and 3 cities. While only 40% of female learners from tier-2 and 3 cities enrolled in training in 2016, this number grew to 60% in 2020.
As per the report, digital marketing, programming with Python, web development, creative writing and French language were the most popular training among female learners in 2020. Most of the enrollments were made during the months of April to July highlighting that female students spent their summer breaks productively by upskilling themselves.
Candidates from engineering (B.Tech, B.E, MCA, and similar), management and commerce backgrounds enrolled in business, technical, art and language courses the most.
Out of all the female students enrolled in online training, 69% successfully completed their courses. This displays how women actively participated in all the assessments, took learning seriously and built professional skills and real-world projects that would help them secure a good future in the changing work environment.
Women, not only enrolled in online training and developed their skill sets but also became a significant part of the workforce. More than 1.9 lac female candidates were hired for in-office and work-from-home internships on Internshala in 2020; this number was only 10,000 in 2016. More than 24 lacs applications were made by female candidates for content writing profile and the hired candidates received an average stipend of ₹5,000 and the highest stipend of ₹40,000 on Internshala, in 2020.
Social media marketing, human resources (HR) and digital marketing were some more popular internship profiles among female students with 16 lacs, 15 lacs and 14 lacs+ applicants on the platforms. English proficiency (written and spoken), MS-Office, MS-Excel and MS-Word were the major soft and domain skills that women candidates learnt and mentioned in their resume while applying for internships.
Addressing the rising participation of female learners in online training, Sarvesh Agrawal, the founder and CEO of Internshala Trainings said:
“We have seen a paradigm shift in the way women have prioritised skilling up, working and learning simultaneously, and increasing their employability in the past 5 years. Women from both technical and non-technical degree backgrounds are choosing online training, polishing existing skills, and learning new skills to fulfil the requirements of new-age career opportunities. We have been making continuous efforts to help women learn flexibly at their own pace, manage time effectively, build ownership and self-motivation, polish the habit of collaborating and communicating virtually, get a global or broader perspective, refine their critical thinking and questioning skills, and become a part of the globalised workforce.”
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