Leading global provider of wine, spirits and saké qualifications the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported a significant growth in online candidate registrations for the last academic year (2019/20)
WSET’s digital growth is in line with the increased demand for remote learning stimulated by the global lockdown, as recently reported by Imbibe.
The course provider claims that numbers have almost trebled compared to the previous year, with candidate numbers for WSET’s Levels 1 and 2 Award in Spirits growing 17% and 19% respectively year-on-year.
‘I am very happy with our performance given the circumstances, and I am incredibly proud of the WSET team who have gone the extra mile to see us through the serious challenges thrown at us by Covid-19,’ commented WSET chief executive Ian Harris.
‘Our ability to roll out end-to-end digital products has not only been our saviour in the short-term, but also opens up new opportunities for us in the long-term. We now have the flexibility to offer a blended package of classroom and online courses to meet the varying needs of our course providers and students around the world.'
Along with the growth of WSET’s online audience however, the total number of candidates taking any WSET qualification decreased by 11% year-on-year, from 108,557 down to 96,845, with the decline being ‘completely attributable to the impact of Covid-19’, according to the course provider.