Open up more opportunities
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. The National Careers Service has many tips on how to develop your soft skills
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 (external website) has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses from a range of different organisations.
- BITC (external 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 (external website) for a range of jobs in demand – including programmers, IT support, design and customer representatives. There are further free resources on the Microsoft website (external website).
- The Google Digital Garage has lots of courses (external website) to help you develop your career skills, including CV writing, project management and wellbeing.
- Keeping Britain Working (external website) has launched a series of webinars for jobseekers designed to help you grow your career.