Today the Department for Education has launched a series of free online courses teaching a range of digital job-related skills, from numeracy and digital marketing to email and coding. The online platform will help people to build their skills during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.
The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a rise in home learning and the aim of the skills portal is for individuals, particularly those out of work or on furlough leave, to be able to up-skill or boost workplace skills during this time. This will not only improve knowledge and build confidence but support mental health by instilling professional purpose.
The Skills Toolkit, available on the government's website from this morning, is a collection of training resources to help people use the lockdown to acquire jobs skills in the digital space.
Morson executive manager for technology, SamMenelaou, reveals that the digital sector is resilient and why candidates should look to up-skill in this area:
Digital has never played a more crucial role in our professional and personal lives. The current pandemic has made many businessesrealisethe importance of technology by enabling remote working and bringing remote teams together to ensure business continuity. The current climate has also highlighted the importance of data, to track and monitor COVID-19 and safeguard communities.
Therefore, it is clear that individuals need to ensure they are technologically savvy to cope with current and future working practices and this new digital scheme adds immense value. Online training during the lockdown is a preparation for the post-virus economy and individuals should look to use this time to up-skill, to uncover opportunities and make themselves more attractive to businesses once the market picks up.
We've seen encouraging signs from our clients in the digital space during this time and I foresee that digital jobs will be more resilient, and digital requirements will grow faster, than in most employment sectors.
In addition, we’ve seen many clients whose business operations have been affected massively by COVID-19, yet their IT and digital functions have continued to thrive due to the need to deliver technology projects and road maps which are essential now and in the future.
If you are recruiting for roles in IT and digital or are a candidate looking for an opportunity I am here to support and have a conversation. Contact me at email@example.com
The courses on offer, within in the skills portal, cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively at work to more advanced training. Individuals will be able to access courses helping them to create online content developed by the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, to understand the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing from Google Digital Garage and to learn how to code for data analysis from the Open University.
All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace:
The Open University is providing courses on basic maths and how to write computer code
is offering courses in digital skills and producing online content
Google has a course in digital marketing
Digital-inclusion charity the Good Things Foundation has resources to help people get started online
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
I know how difficult the recent months have been and the huge changes the coronavirus has brought on the daily lives of us all.
The high-quality and free to access courses on offer on our new online learning platform, The Skills Toolkit, will help those whose jobs have been affected by the outbreak, and people looking to boost their skills while they are staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.
The courses have been selected on the advice of experts and leading employers to make sure they meet the needs of business, not just for today but in the future. This is just a first step towards assisting with the longer-term recovery to boost employability across the country, helping people to build up the skills employers need during time spent at home.