COVID-19 is forcing us to change the way we work, with many people having to work remotely and home school using digital technologies. The need for essential digital skills has never been more apparent as we get to grips with our new ‘normal’.
In 2019, Lloyds’ annual UK Consumer Digital Index found that in the UK alone, 17.3 million people in employment do not have the Essential Digital Skills required for today’s workplace.
We want to help equip people with the digital tools they need to stay connected and informed. To do this, techUK has signposted some free training resources.
In times of social distancing, it’s even more important that we encourage people to upskill and retrain so that people are not digital excluded and can participate online safely.
Skills for Tomorrow is a major new programme designed to empower 10 million people by giving them the skills they need to flourish for the digital future. Anyone can choose from a range of free online or face-to-face courses, designed to help you feel more confident and comfortable in the online world.
The Institute of Coding is working to encourage a larger, more diverse group of learners onto digital skills courses, and offers 200+ on its course catalogue.
The Lloyds Bank Academy is a free learning initiative that focuses on giving you the key digital skills you need for work and day-to-day life. No matter what your level of knowledge, they can help you improve your digital skills and make you feel supported along the way. The Academy is packed with free digital skills learning for any level.
Microsoft Digital Literacy is for anyone with basic reading skills who wants to learn the fundamentals of using digital technologies. This course can help individuals gain the digital skills necessary to engage in a digital economy and improve livelihoods. This course is used worldwide by individuals, non-profits, schools and government.
Get essential digital skills training with Google’s free video lessons. Explore the trusted curriculum to find the computer skills you want to learn, from data analysis to research and communication.
The Huawei Academy is a not-for profit education program which has been designed to deliver industry standard training and certiﬁcation to students in order to build the skills required by employers. Huawei ICT Academy provides a wide range of learning pathways with rich learning resources, simulation tools, practical labs and certiﬁcation exams. Huawei ICT Academy students will have opportunities such as industry visits, presentations from industry experts, taking part in Huawei organized competitions and selected students will have the opportunity to visit China
Flatiron School is a global tech skills school, with a campus in central London. Their mission is to change lives through education, with immersive on-campus and online programmes that train passionate people to excel in rewarding, future-proof careers in tech. They have a number of free courses including, Hacking 101: Introduction to Cybersecurity, Data Science Bootcamp, and Intro to Careers in Design.
OpenLearn gives you free access to course materials and expert opinion on topical issues from The Open University. OpenLearn provides educational resources for the insatiably curious all around the world; and not just courses – there’s articles, videos, features, games and more, created by academic experts and guest contributors. Explore new topics and refresh your skills - whether for further study or the sheer pleasure of learning. You'll find hundreds of free courses on everything from arts to forensics, to project planning and earn free digital badges to show employers everything you've learned.
Learn My Way is a website of free online courses, built by Good Things Foundation to help people develop their digital skills. From improving your health, finding a job and managing money online Learn My Way helps people improve their lives through digital.
FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform jointly owned by The Open University and The SEEK Group. FutureLearn partners with over a quarter of the world’s top universities and has over 11 million users taking short online courses, microcredentials, and undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that improve their working lives. In addition to top universities, FutureLearn also partner with leading organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE), as well as being involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.
The London Grid for Learning provides a filtered broadband connection, network services, a common learning platform, online content and support communities for all schools across London. It operates as a consortium of 33 local education authorities. Their COVID-19 page provides guidance for schools and parents, including links to content websites and support materials now available for uncharged access as major suppliers relax their licensing terms for software and content.
We are eager to grow and update this list of resources, if you have any you would like to see highlighted, please do get in touch!
Read Helen Milner OBE, Good Things Foundation, on how to help people get confident with digital.