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: First Steps to Using a Computer

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:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 10/05/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Involve Wellbeing (Lincoln)
12 Mint Lane
Lincoln
LN1 1UD
Tutor:
Patrick O'Reilly
Course code:
Q00013489
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Step into Digital-Precious Gems Bolton

We live in a digital age, and using a digital device, something that allows you to connect to the internet like a smartphone, tablet, or computer, is an essential skill in 21st-century Britain. Becoming confident to work out problems and find your own solutions is an important skill in life. Learning how to do this when working with technology will help you to be independent and to keep up with changing available digital technology. During your course, you will learn some core skills that will also help you gain confidence, such as surfing the internet and adding bookmarks and files to organise your information. Most importantly, perhaps, is that you will learn about how to keep yourself and your information safe when you are online.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Bolton Central Library (Bolton)
Central Library
Le Mans Crescent
Bolton
BL1 1SE
Tutor:
Rebecca Ngoma
Course code:
Q00014561
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.00

Pre-Entry Essential Digital Skills: Using the internet for research

This beginner’s digital course is for learners taking the Money Saving Stitchery Course course. It is appropriate for complete beginners, so don’t worry if this is all new to you. You’ll learn how to search for information and products and understand some aspects of online safety. You’ll learn how to crosscheck the accuracy of information and how to assess which sources you can trust. Information you obtain from your searches will form the basis of discussions about sustainability and other topics covered in the Moneysaving stitchery course. You’ll need access to the internet to take this course and you’ll also need a digital device such as a laptop, tablet, or phone. Your learning is our priority. The WEA is an adult education provider and we pride ourselves on our ability to create a friendly classroom atmosphere, in person and online! Your tutor will support you through your learning journey, every step of the way. Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. For learners on Moneysaving Stitchery course

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
11:30am - 12:15pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Midland Road Nursery School (Bradford)
Thorncliffe Road
Bradford
BD8 7DJ
Tutor:
Nazmeen Sadiq
Course code:
Q00014941
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £34.65

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:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 22/04/2024
Times:
9:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Healthworks (Easington)
Paradise Lane, Eastington Co,
Easington
SR8 3EX
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00013140
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £12.60

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12 months
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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 23/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 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

Digital Skills for life and work

Our Digital Skills for Beginners Course is designed to help people gain basic digital skills and improve their digital literacy to make the most of our online world. Our 4 day course will provide an introduction to using a laptop and digital devices. Topics will include online safety and dealing with online scams, connecting to Wi-Fi, creating an email account & accessing information online safely, using a text editing application such as MSWord and application editing tools.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/04/2024 -
Fri 03/05/2024
Location:
Hull CVS
The Strand
75 Beverley Road
Hull
HU3 1XL
Course code:
P00000058
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

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:
Thu 25/04/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 12:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Evolve Club
Strelley Social Club
Helston Drive
Nottingham
NG8 6JZ
Tutor:
Andrew Roles
Course code:
Q00014218
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £105.00

Get Ready for Essential Digital Skills Qualification - EDSQ

Do you want to learn valuable new Digital skills or improve them? Then, this advanced Get Ready for Essential Digital Skills course is ideal for you. The course will allow you to demonstrate understanding of and competency in the essential digital skills you need for life and work. It will enable you to engage with digital services and products in everyday life and work. You will learn how to use and recognise digital devices. Identify and use hardware and software. Use a search engine to find information and apply for jobs online, observe safety and security and learn how to protect your personal data. Use email to send, reply and attach files. Enter and edit text in a document and apply formatting. Improve your keyboard skills. Solve basic computer hardware and software problems. Navigate the Microsoft Windows operating system and learn how to use files and create a folder for your work. Your friendly, positive tutor will guide you and there will be plenty of opportunity for practice.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/04/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
The Centre Mary's Place
8 Burbon Street
Leicester
East Midlands
LE13 1AE
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00014774
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £126.00

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:
Fri 26/04/2024 -
Fri 07/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Marsden Road Community Centre (South She
Marsden Road
South Sheilds
ne34 6re
Tutor:
Janet Ashburner
Course code:
Q00014935
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Beginners Digital Skills

In this beginners digital course you will be using different applications to help you to use technology independently for use at home, for work, to support your child with their homework/learning safely online & in everyday life . You will learn how to use search engines to find specific information, have knowledge of security aspects when using the internet. Create a variety of documents using the correct application. There is a pre course enrolment session at Woodlands library Fri 19th April 10-12. Come along and meet the tutor Mark - where you can find out more about what the course can include.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 26/04/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Woodlands Community Library and Hub (Don
Windmill Balk Lane
Woodlands
Doncaster
DN6 7SF
Tutor:
Mark Turk
Course code:
Q00015334
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00