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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Multiply Essex: How to be safe online

This course is only for people living in Essex. Are you worried about being safe online? This course looks at ways to keep safe online including how to avoid online scams and delivery fraud. We focus on what you need to consider being safe when selling your own items online and also covering topics such as taking photographs and pricing appropriately. We also look at some marketing techniques that are used to encourage people to make a purchase and how to spot genuine adverts from the scam ones. Your rights as a buyer forms part of the course as does how to work out if something is a genuine bargain or not.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 31/05/2024 -
Fri 31/05/2024
Times:
9:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
73 High Street
Billericay
CM12 9AS
Tutor:
Paula Hellal
Course code:
Q00014891
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Introduction to Digital Skills Taster Session(Horsham - West Sussex Multiply)

This is a one off "taster" session for the upcoming "Introduction to Digital Skills" course that will be taking place at Horsham JCP in West Sussex. This will give learners a chance to ask any questions about the course. We will also give some further information about course content. We request that learners bring: 1 - Proof of identity (photo ID) 2 - Proof of benefits (UC statement) 3 - Proof of address Does the thought of using computers, the internet and other digital technologies leave you feeling out of touch and overwhelmed? Have you considered gaining digital skills but didn't know where to turn? If the answer is a resounding 'yes!' this is the course for you. This course is for learners with little or no experience of digital technologies who want to develop skills to become 'digitally literate' in their everyday life and work. Our aim is to empower you to confidently engage with the digital world of laptops, smart phones, email, news, word processing social media, entertainment, shopping and more!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 31/05/2024 -
Fri 31/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Horsham Job Centre (JCP)
Marlborough House. 50 East Stree
Horsham
RH12 1HN
Tutor:
Gabriella Russo
Course code:
Q00015566
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Digital Skills for Everyday Living

Does the thought of using computers, the internet and other digital technologies leave you feeling out of touch and overwhelmed? Have you thought about gaining some digital skills but didn’t know quite where to turn? If the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes!” then you will feel right at home on our new Digital Skills for Everyday Living course. Here at the WEA, we have been busy developing this new and exciting course for people with little or no experience of digital technologies who want to acquire the skills to become ‘digitally literate’ in their everyday life and work. Our aim is to empower you to confidently engage with the digital world of laptops, smart phones, email, news, word processing, social media, entertainment, shopping and more.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
12 sessions
Location:
Sneinton Community CIC
Edale Road
Sneinton
Nottingham
NG2 4HT
Tutor:
Andrew Roles
Course code:
Q00014880
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £100.80

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills

Do you get worried when you use computers or the internet or other digital technologies ? You want to learn digital skills but didn't know where to start ? If the answer is 'yes!' this is the course for you. This course is for learners with basic or no experience of digital technologies but who want to develop skills to use them in their everyday life . We will help you develop confidence while using laptops, smart phones, reading emails, news, word processing, using social media and more!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Heena Ajmal
Course code:
Q00015124
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £51.80

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12 months
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Using Canvas to Learn

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 WEA courses. You’ll learn digital skills to support you to study WEA online courses. This Canvas course is ideal for you if you’re considering taking a WEA course but feel unsure of your digital skills. It’s appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
CREST (South Shields)
95 Fowler Street
South Shields
NE33 1NU
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00012601
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Using Canvas to Learn

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 WEA courses. You’ll learn digital skills to support you to study WEA online courses. This Canvas course is ideal for you if you’re considering taking a WEA course but feel unsure of your digital skills. It’s appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
CREST (South Shields)
95 Fowler Street
South Shields
NE33 1NU
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00012509
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £8.40

Advanced Digital Skills II: WATCH Coventry

Become a tech-whizz and gain confidence with a variety of online tools. This Advanced Digital Skills training will help you feel comfortable with new technologies and in control of digital spaces. This advanced course is for anyone wanting to further develop their digital skills. You will learn skills for employment and everyday life in this digital skills course. This digital training aims to teach you advanced digital skills for everyday life. It can also help you progress to job roles that require digital skills. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority https://www.wmca.org.uk/

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Watch Charity Ltd (Coventry)
10-12 Victoria Street
Coventry
CV1 5LZ
Tutor:
Shirley Bate
Course code:
Q00014140
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £73.50

Digital Photography for Beginners

Get started with digital photography! With whatever device you’ve got to hand, the camera on your mobile phone or a digital camera if you have one, start getting the pictures you want. Photographs of your children or grandchildren, your pets, your blossoming summer garden – start capturing the things you look at every day and enjoy for longer the wonderful things around you by capturing them digitally on your devices. With the help of our experienced tutor, learn how to compose good shots, how to use your camera in different ways to bring variety to your photographs and see how you can share them. You will join a class of beginners, other learners with the same goals, all people who want to gain confidence in digital photography in a mutually supportive learning environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Easington Lane Community Access Point
Easington Lane
Houghton - le- Spring
DH5 0LE
Tutor:
Susan Jones
Course code:
Q00015402
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Digital Skills for Everyday Life (Multiply Norfolk)

You are welcome to come along to a supported enrolment session on 22nd May between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, to help guide you through the enrolment process. We will support you getting signed up for the course that starts on the 5th June. Does the thought of using computers, the internet and other digital technologies leave you feeling out of touch and overwhelmed? Have you thought about gaining some digital skills but didn’t know quite where to turn? If the answer to these questions is a resounding “Yes!” then you will feel right at home on our new Digital Skills for Everyday Living course. Here at the WEA, we have been busy developing this new and exciting course for people with little or no experience of digital technologies who want to acquire the skills to become ‘digitally literate’ in their everyday life and work. Our aim is to empower you to confidently engage with the digital world of laptops, smart phones, email, news, word processing, social media, entertainment, shopping and more.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
The Mile Cross Phoenix Centre (Norwich)
132A Mile Cross Road
Norwich
NR3 2LD
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00015470
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Multiply Essex: Being Safe Online

This short course will focus on ways you can keep your personal information safe when shopping online. We will work together to identify how some online scams work and what to do to avoid falling victim to them. We also look briefly at recent changes to the law around taxation with regard to selling online and consider a few common marketing techniques. Some basic maths will be covered relevant to this course giving you the opportunity to refresh or develop your skills in this area in a safe, supportive environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Salvation Army Donation Centre
1 Anglia Way
Braintree
CM7 3RG
Tutor:
Derek Robinson
Course code:
Q00016157
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free