As we come to the end of our 5th week in lockdown, many have been affected up and down the country in their personal lives and their careers.

However you have been affected, we’ve taken a look at the training opportunities and digital resources available to develop your skills and career during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government training resources

The Government have launched a new online Skills Toolkit which provides high-quality digital training. Their research has found that employers are currently seeking individuals with digital and numeracy skills, stating that 82% of all current job vacancies require digital skills. Each of the courses available on the Skills Toolkit is free and available to anyone looking to improve their skills.

You can find more information and register for a course by visiting the Skills Toolkit here.

Looking for a new role in a specific sector?

There are a number of providers offering courses related to specific services for individuals who have been made redundant or are recently unemployed. These courses cover aspects of:

Health and Social Care
Customer Service and Contact Centre
Warehouse and Storage
Retail
All of these courses are administered online, have a duration of 2 weeks and the provider will secure a job interview on completion.

To be eligible, you must be 19 years or older, not currently enrolled no a government-funded training programme i.e. an Apprenticeship, live in England and if here on a visa, it must be unrestricted for access to public funds. These courses do not apply to anyone living in Wales or Scotland.

Have downtime and want to upskill?

If you’ve been furloughed and want to use the time to build on your current skill-base, there are training courses available in the following topics:

Digital Promotion for Business
IT User Skills
Principles of Business Administration
Principles of Customer Service
Principles of Web Design
Principles of Leadership & Management
Team Leading
Business Improvement Techniques
Principles of Cleaning

All of these courses are available online and have a course duration of 20 hours. The eligibility to enrol on one of these courses is the same as above, except you must have been furloughed and still in employment. These courses also do not apply to anyone residing in Wales or Scotland.

Are there any other resources?

There are a range of platforms offering free online courses in specific skillsets and personal development that anyone can also take advantage of during this time.

LinkedIn Learning – https://www.linkedin.com/learning/
Google Digital Garage – https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage
Open University – https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses
Alison E-learning – https://alison.com/