Improving skills for free whilst at home | Covid-19

Many of us are faced with even more time at home.

This applies to employees placed on furlough – who cannot work for their employer – and those of us who are self-employed and cannot deliver the services we offer. Many in this position have found much to do; catching up with all those deferred DIY jobs and sprucing up the garden.

One option is to find other sources of income and this applies if you are furloughed or self-employed.

But meantime, what else could we do?

A little known government campaign aims to offer another alternative. It is manged by the Open University and a range of other organisations including:

  • FutureLearn,
  • Good Things Foundation,
  • Lloyds Bank,
  • Google Digital Garage,
  • Cisco Networking Academy, Accenture,
  • University of Leeds and
  • Institute of Coding.

Unsurprisingly, the focus of this alternative is improving your skills.

Improve key skills whilst furloughed

There are a wide range of free courses on offer. Many will aim to improve your digital and numeracy skills. In their introduction to the courses available – see – the government say:

Digital and numeracy skills are amongst those that are most sought after by employers and can help you progress in work and boost your job prospects. Digital skills can be anything from using social media and staying safe online to coding, programming or digital marketing.

You can choose from a selection of high quality courses put together in collaboration with experts. Find a level and time to study that’s right for you. The Skills Toolkit makes it easy for you to boost your skills.

You never know until you try 

Take a look. Who knows, the additional skills you acquire may help you to advance in your employment or increase the range of services you can offer in business. And the courses provided are free.