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 Essential Digital Skills: Making the Most of Your Smartphone for Life and Work

The "Making the Most of Your Smartphone for Life and Work" online course is designed to help you harness the full potential of your smartphone. This is suitable for those who have a smartphone but doesn’t know how to use all of the features and applications. This course covers essential features, productivity apps, camera use and practical tips for both personal and professional use. Whether you're a beginner or looking to enhance your skills, you'll learn how to use your smartphone effectively to improve communication, organisation, and productivity.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/01/2025 -
Wed 26/03/2025
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Trevor Parsons
Course code:
Q00018094
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Entry Level Digital Skills: Digital Skills for life & Work

This course is delivered in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and the Old School, for existing students on the Language@Work programme. Gain confidence in facing situations that require digital skills. Build on your basic computer skills in this introduction course and see how digital training can help to transform your life. This Digital Skills course is for people who want to improve their computer skills. Digital training teaches you skills for learning, life, and work. . Your friendly, positive tutor will guide you and there will be opportunity for practise.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 20/01/2025 -
Mon 31/03/2025
Times:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
The Old School Building (Wolverhampton)
The Old School
73 Dudley Road
Wolverhampton
WV2 3BY
Tutor:
Saima Gulzar
Course code:
Q00015709
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Essential Digital Skills Level 1

Build your confidence using digital skills in your personal life and in the workplace. Understand how digital programmes and services can enhance your everyday life and simplify common tasks. Learn skills employers look for and improve your job prospects. If you’d like to learn digital skills for a better life, this course will teach you everything you need to know. This Level 1 digital skills course is suitable for improvers, as you will build upon your current digital device knowledge. Learn how to use the Microsoft Office programmes: create and edit text documents in Word, create spreadsheets and use number calculations in Excel, and use PowerPoint to create presentations. These are universal digital skills employers look for and can help you in a variety of job roles. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/02/2025 -
Mon 10/03/2025
Times:
11:45am - 1:45pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ekta Vishrolia
Course code:
Q00015535
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Pre-Entry Digital Skills: Intermediate Part 2

By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the skills to create compelling presentations, identify fake sites, stay safe online, manage files, and confidently access online services. Learn to use Office 365, Outlook, PowerPoint, and internet effectively. This training ensures you can navigate digital spaces securely and efficiently, enhancing both your personal and professional capabilities. Gain practical knowledge to create visually appealing presentations and maintain digital safety. Provides essential digital skills for success in today's online environment. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority. Participants must live in Coventry Area Postcodes CV1 to CV6 inclusive.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/02/2025 -
Tue 08/04/2025
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Foleshill Women's Training (Coventry)
70-72 Elmsdale Avenue
Foleshill
Coventry
CV6 6ES
Tutor:
Humera Mehrban
Course code:
Q00015619
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

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Membership Information

Duration:
12 months
Fee:
WEA Membership

Pre-Entry Digital Skills: Intermediate Part 2

By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the skills to create compelling presentations, identify fake sites, stay safe online, manage files, and confidently access online services. Learn to use Office 365, Outlook, PowerPoint, and internet effectively. This training ensures you can navigate digital spaces securely and efficiently, enhancing both your personal and professional capabilities. Gain practical knowledge to create visually appealing presentations and maintain digital safety. Provides essential digital skills for success in today's online environment. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority. Participants must live in Coventry Area Postcodes CV1 to CV6 inclusive.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/02/2025 -
Tue 08/04/2025
Location:
Watch Charity Ltd (Coventry)
10-12 Victoria Street
Coventry
CV1 5LZ
Course code:
Q00015620
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £73.50

Essential Digital Skills (Entry 3)

Digital skills are increasingly in demand in modern society. Picking up essential digital skills can help you go about your everyday life, as well as open doors to employment opportunities. This course starts at the beginning and covers everything from using a digital device to getting started on social media and making videos. This Entry-level 3 digital skills course is aimed at complete beginners- so don’t worry if this is new to you. If you want to learn digital skills for everyday life or improve your job prospects, this course is ideal for you. It's also suitable for people reentering the workforce after a long break.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 11/03/2025 -
Thu 19/06/2025
Location:
Online
Course code:
Q00015752
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £150.00

Entry Level Digital Skills: Google - How to use Google Doc

Discover the wonderful world of Google Docs: This short taster course will introduce you to the basics of Google Docs including an overview of how to create and implement it, what you can do with Google Docs and how to use it across applications. We will be using data provided on a Google account to use Google Docs. Whether you have studied the content before or are completely new to it, you will find value on this programme. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your Google Docs journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 22/04/2025 -
Tue 20/05/2025
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Peter Brown
Course code:
Q00017446
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Making the Most of Your Smartphone for Life and Work

The "Making the Most of Your Smartphone for Life and Work" online course is designed to help you harness the full potential of your smartphone. This is suitable for those who have a smartphone but doesn’t know how to use all of the features and applications. This course covers essential features, productivity apps, camera use and practical tips for both personal and professional use. Whether you're a beginner or looking to enhance your skills, you'll learn how to use your smartphone effectively to improve communication, organisation, and productivity.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 23/04/2025 -
Wed 02/07/2025
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Trevor Parsons
Course code:
Q00018095
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Entry Level Essential Digital Skills: Google - How to use Gmail

Discover the wonderful world of Google Email (Gmail): This short taster course will introduce you to the basics of Google Email including an overview of how to create and implement an account. We will be using data provided on a Google account to set up an account. Whether you have studied the content before or are completely new to it, You will find value on this programme. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your Google email journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 28/04/2025 -
Mon 16/06/2025
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Grace Adejuwon
Course code:
Q00017445
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Entry Level Digital Skills: Google - How to use Google Doc

Discover the wonderful world of Google Docs: This short taster course will introduce you to the basics of Google Docs including an overview of how to create and implement it, what you can do with Google Docs and how to use it across applications. We will be using data provided on a Google account to use Google Docs. Whether you have studied the content before or are completely new to it, You will find value on this programme. You do not need any special tools to attend, just yourself and some enthusiasm. Start your Google Docs journey today by registering for this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 28/04/2025 -
Mon 09/06/2025
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Indrel Doney
Course code:
Q00017447
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00