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A new online learning platform to help boost the skills of the nation while people are more at home, has been launched by UK Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform signposts users to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
These are the skills which are highly valued by employers and sought after in a wide range of jobs. With more people expected to be working and studying remotely in the coming months, the platform offers a great opportunity to learn new skills to help to get ahead online and gain the knowledge we’ll all need for the future. The platform also offers employees who have been furloughed an opportunity to keep up their skills development while they are at home.
Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively at work to more advanced training. Individuals will be able to access courses helping them to create great online content developed by the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, to understand the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing from Google Digital Garage and to learn how to code for data analysis from the Open University. All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace.
The Skills Toolkit is designed to help people gain new skills while they are at home and to boost their confidence. The courses have been selected on the advice of experts and leading employers to make sure they meet the needs of business, not just for today but in the future.
The Skills Toolkit highlights a select list of introductory, intermediate and advanced course options.
Find introductory courses
Introductory courses help you learn to use the internet safely for everyday tasks, like finding information, connecting with friends, internet shopping or using online services.
We’ve put together links to several collections of courses that teach you the basics and give you the confidence to take your next steps in the digital world.
Introductory numeracy courses can help you to improve your confidence with maths for life, learning and work. Being confident with numbers may also help you to take up learning new digital skills.
Find intermediate courses
Intermediate courses are for you if you already have some digital skills. They are a chance for you to build on what you know already and develop new skills like using online tools for business, producing online content and more.
Find advanced courses
Advanced courses cover more technical or higher level skills like coding, digital marketing, cyber security and more. These courses range from introductions to advanced concepts to help you master these skills.
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