Whether you’re looking for a new job, or to change your career, you can get help to update your skills for free.
Learning something new or refreshing your knowledge, can make a huge difference to your prospects and confidence. This is especially important when it comes to digital skills – 82% of job vacancies now require them, and the number of digital jobs is growing nearly three times as fast as other roles.
Brushing up your digital skills could give you a real edge in an interview by highlighting what you can bring to the table. A lot of skills can be transferable to other roles and a wider skill-set could open up opportunities in industries or sectors you’d not ever considered. You can find many tips on how to develop your soft skills on the National Careers Service website.
There are many free courses online – from mastering PowerPoint to learning Coding. And there’s help brushing up numeracy if that helps too.
- the Skills Toolkit website has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses from a range of different organisations
- the BITC website has launched a national campaign promoting the 8 essential skills we all need to thrive in education, work and life, (Listening, Presenting, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership, Teamwork)
- LinkedIn and Microsoft are offering free online learning for a range of jobs in demand – including programmers, IT support, design and customer representatives. Visit the LinkedIn website for more details. There are further free resources on the Microsoft website.
- the Google Digital Garage website has lots of courses to help you develop your career skills, including CV writing, project management and wellbeing.
- the Keeping Britain Working website has launched a series of webinars for jobseekers designed to help you grow your career.
- you can also get support from the My World of Work website (for Scotland) and the Careers Wales website.
- the Department for Work & Pensions has partnered with The Open University (OU) to offer free training tools on the OU website. These are designed to help you find a job, advance your career or your business.
- information on the Accenture Skills to Succeed website is designed to help you to choose the right career and build the key employability skills you need to find and keep that job.
- BT’s Work Ready programme is helping 18-24 year olds not in employment, education or training, get prepared for the world of work. It’s available on the BT website and helps you to improve your digital and employability skills.
- LifeSkills on Barclays website is a free programme offering education resources, online activities, events and work experience opportunities.
- the Lloyds Bank Academy website offers training which focuses on improving your skills, whether it’s getting to grips with computers, starting a new career or taking businesses to a whole new level.
- Diageo Learning for Life: Virtual Academy, hosted on the Springboard website, is designed especially for hospitality workers recently made redundant and looking to upskill and boost employability
- the Springboard Digital Hospitality Academy website offers help to hospitality workers made redundant, unemployed individuals with or without experience in hospitality and those interested in learning about roles in the hospitality sector.
Find out from the National Careers Service how to recognise transferable skills and listen to practical examples of how they could also be used in a job.