Want to develop yourself during the Lockdown and start a new career? YES! Then we have some links for you below.
If you need any advice or you would like to discuss your career options, please drop Darren Foote our Employment & Enterprise Coach an email Darren.Foote@taicalon.org and he will be happy to help you with any questions.
COVID-19 has had a huge impact on many parts of the labour market, with some sectors reducing in size and others expanding rapidly. To help job seekers find work in new areas and employers tap into new labour markets, The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) launched new job help and employer help websites. These offer labour market information for people looking for work now, and advice for employers to help recruit them.
82% of all job vacancies require digital skills. Find out more about why digital skills matter. If you’re new to online learning or coming back to it after some time, see the National Careers Service advice on getting the most out of online learning.
The National Careers Service has released a Skills Toolkit that is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. The Department for Education has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.
There are courses that will give you an introduction to getting confident online to more advanced digital skills for use in the workplace. These are all short courses that can be completed at home, in your own time, at your own pace.
Below are some FREE online resources to help you get career ready in a post lockdown world.
Harvard University are now offering free courses in Humanities, Health & Medicine Programming and Business just to name a few: https://online-learning.harvard.edu/catalog/free
Free online resources including webinars, factsheets, computer information: Ability Net Free Online Resources
1350+ free online courses at CERTIFICATE / DIPLOMA LEVEL from US, India and UK: https://alison.com/courses
A collection of free videos and downloadable worksheets to help adult learners improve their reading, writing and numeracy skills: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/skillswise
Free online courses for tech skills. Quite advanced so would need to be someone already in the know with tech support etc. Tech Skills Courses
Access 2500+ Online Courses from 140 Top Institutions: Edx.org
Digitally Safe Quiz
Bit of fun whilst ensuring participants are protected from fraudsters: https://www.barclays.co.uk/digisafe/digitally-safe-quiz/
Digital Communities Wales
Online webinars, digital access learning, how 2 use tablets, phones etc. https://www.digitalcommunities.gov.wales/
Perfect for supporting others with digital skills or improving your own knowledge. Digital Unite’s award-winning range of 400+ how-to guides covers a whole host of digital topics. Written by subject matter experts and updated daily, the guides are perfect for supporting others with digital skills or improving your own knowledge. https://www.digitalunite.com/technology-guides
Short online courses – choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. These are more for people who may already have some qualifications in their field and want to add to this. Quite in depth but free online training available for specific professional career goals: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses
For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more — GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free. https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/
40 free courses available.Taking a course doesn’t have to be costly, and reed.co.uk features a wide range of free courses, including classroom based courses, online courses and distance Learning courses. Eligibility for each course may vary, so it’s important to contact the course provider for full terms and conditions: https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/free
Oxford Home Study Centre (OHSC)
OHSC is proud to offer access to some of the UK’s finest 100% free courses online with certificates. With not a penny to pay, no strings attached and no entry requirements whatsoever, anyone interested in further education has the incredible chance to study at home: https://www.oxfordhomestudy.com/free-online-courses-with-certificates
Open University – Open Learn
Use Open Learn to explore subjects and study free courses; Free courses for multiple career paths. Just need to set up a user account: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Learn My Way
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: https://www.learnmyway.com/