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Time to update your skills?

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Whether you’re looking for a new job, to change your career or making the most of opportunities during furlough, 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.

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 has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses from a range of different organisations.

BITC 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). To find out more visit their website.

LinkedIn and Microsoft have put together a number of free courses geared specifically towards finding a job in a challenging market.

You can also get support from My World of Work (for Scotland) and Careers Wales.