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 Excel and Spreadsheets

Did you know you can use spreadsheets to make hundreds of everyday tasks easier? You can use them to efficiently keep track of job applications, birthday lists, inventories of collectible items, or anything else. Never opened a spreadsheet in your life? Don’t worry. This is an Excel course for beginners, and we’ll cover all the basics. This beginner’s Excel course aims to teach you computer skills for everyday life.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00013746
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Beginners Microsoft Word & PowerPoint

What would improved digital skills mean for your career or everyday life? No matter what your job role is, the chances are your day-to-day life would be easier with enhanced computer skills. This beginner’s Microsoft Office course will help you learn the basics of Word and PowerPoint. This knowledge can help you in a wide variety of routine situations. These can include creating CVs, helping your kids with their homework, or preparing presentations for family events.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00013762
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Getting to grips with Microsoft Office

An exciting new opportunity to develop your confidence and skills in using Microsoft Office is coming to ACT Firvale in Sheffield! This course will include learning to use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Outlook for Emails. It’s a course for anyone, from beginners to those with a little more experience, giving you the essential skills for some of the most used platforms in the workplace and beyond.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 15/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
ACT Sheffield, Firvale Centre (Sheffield
Earl Marshal Road
Sheffield
S4 8LB
Tutor:
Michelle Lee
Course code:
Q00014707
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Developing Digital Skills for Online Resources

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:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
9:00am - 9:30am
Duration:
18 sessions
Location:
Lansbury Lawrence Primary School
Cordelia Street
London
E14 6DZ
Tutor:
Stephan Schulte-Nahring
Course code:
Q00014720
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £37.80

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Fee:
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Beginners Excel and Spreadsheets

Did you know you can use spreadsheets to make hundreds of everyday tasks easier? You can use them to efficiently keep track of job applications, birthday lists, inventories of collectible items, or anything else. Never opened a spreadsheet in your life? Don’t worry. This is an Excel course for beginners, and we’ll cover all the basics. This beginner’s Excel course aims to teach you computer skills for everyday life.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
12:15pm - 2:15pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Hansa Tailor
Course code:
Q00010433
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Beginners 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 utilising 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:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
9:45am - 11:45am
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre (Leicester
Rothley Street
Leicester
LE4 6LF
Tutor:
Mariam Hajat
Course code:
Q00013395
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

Entry Level 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:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 28/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Spring Community Hub (London)
The Hub
86-88 Vestry Road
Camberwell
London
SE5 8PQ
Tutor:
Grace Adejuwon
Course code:
Q00011536
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £88.20

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:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00014350
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

Award in Digital Promotion for Business (OG) Level 2

Get to the core of how to build or promote a business with this digital marketing course. Digital promotion activities such as online and social media marketing can help you support your company’s growth or build your own business. Get first-hand knowledge of key business activities that promote growth. Gain a clear understanding of digital marketing practices with this digital skills course. It’s ideal for flexible learning as you can choose topics that interest you from a variety of units. Pick up crucial skills for employment that can help you in any sector and build skills for your CV.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:00pm
Duration:
24 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Indrel Doney
Course code:
Q00013623
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

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:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
15 sessions
Location:
Tricuro -Parkstone Connect Day Centre (P
Croft Road
Poole
BH12 3LD
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00014740
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £94.50