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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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 09/07/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Health Resource Centre (Newcastle upon T
Adelaide Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 8BE
Tutor:
Maryam Knowles
Course code:
Q00016201
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.50

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Get to know your Device - Intermediate

In today's fast-paced digital world, the ability to use a mobile device is more than just a convenience—it's a necessity. The Digital Skills Hub is excited to introduce a comprehensive 5-week course designed specifically for individuals who feel left behind in the digital age. Our "Get to Know Your Device" course aims to empower participants with the essential skills needed to confidently navigate and utilize their mobile devices. Join us at the Digital Skills Hub and embark on a journey towards mobile mastery. Empower yourself with the skills and confidence to navigate the digital world with ease and embrace the benefits of being connected in today's digital age. Don't let technology pass you by—take control of your digital destiny with our Mobile Mastery course! Aimed for people with a basic level of digital skill.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/07/2024 -
Thu 08/08/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Digital Skill Hub (Computer Room)
30-32 Royal Arcade
Christchurch Road
Boscombe
Bournemouth
BH1 4BT
Tutor:
Lucy Pender
Course code:
Q00015313
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £63.00

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Study Skills

This course is structured to cover key aspects of study skills tailored to prepare learners for the Entry Level 3 and Level 1 Essential Digital Skills Qualifications. Topics will include: using Canvas (the WEA’s virtual learning platform), organising course files, online safety, digital note-taking, researching on the internet, online communication (email and messaging) and using different digital devices. You will learn through a wide variety of methods including interactive lectures, practical exercises, group work and discussions. You will also gain an understanding of what to expect from the Essential Digital Skills qualifications. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority https://www.wmca.org.uk/

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/07/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Dolphin Women's Centre (Birmingham)
Ward End Park
Washwood Heath Road
Birmingham
B8 2HB
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00016149
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Beginners Social Media Marketing for Enterprise: Vinted

Discover the wonderful world of Beginners Social Media for Enterprise: Vinted with this course. Whether you have studied the content before or are completely new to it, you will find value on this programme. This social media marketing course is aimed at beginners, so don’t worry if this is new to you! We will explore Social Media for Enterprise: Vinted on this course. You will understand how this shopping platform works 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. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your social media for Enterprise: Vinted marketing journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Karen Duncan
Course code:
Q00016493
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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12 months
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Multiply Essex: 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 beginners Excel course aims to teach you computer skills for everyday life, including simple budgeting techniques to manage your money better. This course is funded through Multiply, you are eligible for full funding if you are aged 19+ and have an Essex home postcode.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/07/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Chris George
Course code:
Q00015428
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

Using Canvas to learn: Steps to success course

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:
Tue 23/07/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
KCU Ltd at Fuller Church (Kettering)
51 Gold Street
Kettering
NN16 8JB
Tutor:
Karren Bennett
Course code:
Q00014797
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.80



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Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Using Digital Skills to write emails

The 'Using Digital Skills to write emails' 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:
Tue 21/05/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Elena Hawkins
Course code:
Q00014021
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £189.00

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:
In progress
Fee:
Free

Intermediate Digital Skills

Get digitally fit for modern life and gain confidence in facing situations that require digital skills. Build on your basic computer skills in this Improvers course and see how digital training can help to transform your life. This intermediate Digital Skills course is for anyone wanting to improve their computer skills. Digital training teaches you skills for learning, life, and work. Improving your digital skills can help you in your everyday life. This course could also help you progress to job roles that require digital work skills.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Wesley Hall Community Centre (Leicester)
76 Hartington Road
Leicester
LE2 0GN
Tutor:
Ayman Ali
Course code:
Q00013970
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £33.60