How to learn digital skills for free*

Confidence with computers is vital in both life and work. Over 80% of job adverts list digital skills as essential and being online can make it easier to complete everyday tasks. Learn a new skill and give your CV a boost, with our digital skills courses.  

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From spreadsheets to social media

Learn the digital essentials across a range of topics, from using smartphones to mastering Excel spreadsheets. Our digital skills courses can help you use social media and the internet to find work opportunities and prepare job applications. Learn how to keep your data safe, create documents or start digital marketing.   

Beginners computer courses to IT qualifications

We offer different levels of computing courses. From short beginners’ courses, to full Level three IT qualifications employers want on your CV. There is a digital skills course for everyone. Best of all, they are free. 

Digital skills for work

Our digital training classes are part of a range of free courses for jobs. We’re here to help you learn the skills and knowledge you need to get into and thrive at work.   

Finding the right digital skills course

We know that everyone has a different range of skills, so our team will make sure you start at the right level for you and help you reach your goals.  

Gain the practical digital skills that will help you thrive in the online world. Whether you learn in a classroom or take an online course at home, our supportive tutors will get to up to speed. 

*Over 90% of applicants for skills courses do not need to pay a fee. Subject to status  - courses are free for unemployed people, job seekers and people on low wage. If you do not qualify you will be alerted during the application process.

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Beginners' Social Media Marketing

Social media is one of the biggest marketing channels today. Whether you’re a small business owner, charity worker, community service operator, or local performer, having a presence online can help you get in front of your target audience. Social media courses give you essential digital training to be able to set up and run social media accounts. They also help you learn to market yourself online. This social media marketing course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you! We will cover five main platforms: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Understand how these channels work and learn to set up your profile. Understand how to define your target audience and create content that they want to see. Learn how to schedule posts and plan a content calendar.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/01/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00013259
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £83.25

Beginners' Blogging

Starting a blog is easier than you think. If you have ideas, tips, or recommendations to share, this short blogging course can teach you the essentials to get your blog online. This beginner’s blogging course covers essential lessons in both writing and setting up your blog. You’ll learn creative writing techniques to make your blogs engaging, and digital skills to make sure you can set up and maintain your site. This course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you. Discover the wonderful world of Beginners Blogging with this course. Whether you have studied the content before or you are completely new to it, You will find value on this programme. Blogging has become a popular part in creating an online presence and imparting your knowledge, wisdom or craft. In today's digital age, creating high-quality content is just the beginning. The real challenge lies in effectively setting up your blog page and then promoting your blog or website to a wider audience. On this online course, you'll discover the most powerful strategies and techniques for getting your blog started growing your readership, and turning your passion into a profitable online presence! You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your blogging journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/01/2024 -
Thu 28/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
9 sessions
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00013260
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Pre-Entry Digital Skills

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills for professional and personal use. Digital training helps you move with the times and not get left behind. This beginner’s course is for anyone who wants to learn digital skills, no matter your current knowledge. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is all new to you. Learn to use word processing software and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to use email and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely. You’ll understand online safety and data storage

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 31/01/2024 -
Wed 31/01/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Washington Millennium Centre (WASHINGTON
The Oval
Concord
WASHINGTON
NE37 2QD
Tutor:
Jayne Liddle
Course code:
Q00012489
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Pre-Entry Digital Skills

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills for professional and personal use. Digital training helps you move with the times and not get left behind. This beginner’s course is for anyone who wants to learn digital skills, no matter your current knowledge. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is all new to you. Learn to use word processing software and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to use email and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely. You’ll understand online safety and data storage

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 02/02/2024 -
Fri 15/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Reed in Partnership
Churchgate
New Road
Peterborough
PE1 1TT
Tutor:
Inna Gorobets
Course code:
Q00009425
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £50.40

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Beginner Digital Skills

Gain access to the essentials of modern life through vital digital skills in this beginner-friendly course. Tailored for those lacking confidence in using laptop computers, this program equips beginners with fundamental skills. Learn to access services, apply for jobs, save work, and ensure online safety. The course targets individuals who have limited laptop experience and seek greater proficiency. Dive into the digital era, building confidence and competence in utilizing technology to navigate various aspects of contemporary living. Join this this course to unlock the potential of digital tools and enhance your ability to engage with today's interconnected world.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 14/02/2024 -
Wed 24/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Tam O'Shanter Farm
25 Boundary Road
Prenton
Birkenhead
CH43 7PD
Tutor:
Mark Howarth
Course code:
Q00013736
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Introduction to Digital Skills (Multiply West Sussex)

Not feeling confident using Outlook? Never opened Outlook in your life? Never mind, this course is for you! This beginner's digital course will cover all the basics that will help you use emails, send attachments and navigate the Internet for work or in your everyday life. Get your digital skills sense to the next level!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 11/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Maximus Three Bridges Office
Unit 2
3 Crawley Business Centre
Stephenson Way
Three Bridges
Crawley
RH10 1TN
Tutor:
Gabriella Russo
Course code:
Q00013317
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Pre-Entry Digital Skills

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills for professional and personal use. Digital training helps you move with the times and not get left behind. This beginner’s course is for anyone who wants to learn digital skills, no matter your current knowledge. This course is appropriate for complete beginners , so don’t worry if this is all new to you. Learn to use different applications including word processing software and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to use email and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely. You’ll understand online safety and data storage, apps, their uses and more.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 19/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Spring Community Hub (London)
The Hub
86-88 Vestry Road
Camberwell
London
SE5 8PQ
Tutor:
Grace Adejuwon
Course code:
Q00013628
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Pre-Entry Digital Skills

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills for professional and personal use. Digital training helps you move with the times and not get left behind. This beginner’s course is for anyone who wants to learn digital skills, no matter your current knowledge. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is all new to you. Learn to use word processing software and fill out online forms in this Digital Skills course. Understand how to use email and search for information online. This digital skills training also teaches you how to shop online securely. You’ll understand online safety and data storage

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 23/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Serco Re-Starts
2nd Floor
Guardian House
Cronehills Linkway
West Bromwich
B70 8GS
Tutor:
Shirley Bate
Course code:
Q00013704
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £67.20

Digital: Google Slides and Google Documents.

Learn to use digital devices and gain essential computer skills for professional and personal use. Digital training helps you move with the times and not get left behind. This beginner’s course is for anyone who wants to learn digital skills, no matter your current knowledge. This course is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is all new to you. Have you only ever used Google as a Search Engine before? Do you now want to be introduced to Google Docs and Google Slides; part of the free, web-based Google Docs Editors suite offered by Google? Create and collaborate on online documents. Edit them together with secure sharing in real time and from any device. This course will help you get started with Google Docs and Google Slides. It will help you learn the basics; including sharing them with colleagues who will, if you so wish be able to edit the same document further. This course is for beginners and those using the web-based Google Docs Editors suite for the first time.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 21/02/2024 -
Wed 20/03/2024
Times:
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
David Warburton
Course code:
Q00012218
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

Developing Digital skills; using a virtual online learning environment

Studying online is a fun and effective way to learn. This course will teach you to use Canvas so that you can get the most out of SPƵվ courses. You’ll learn digital skills to support you to study SPƵվ online courses. This course will support learners to develop their IT skills for using canvas. Learners will develop skills and confidence in knowing how to complete online assignments, uploading work, taking part in online discussions, chats, quizzes and much more. This course will develop learners IT skills in preparation for their progression onto higher learning courses.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 23/02/2024 -
Fri 23/02/2024
Times:
9:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00013657
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60