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online learning platform
to help boost the nation’s digital skills while people are staying at home, has been launched today (28 April) by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.
The free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called
The Skills Toolkit
. The new platform gives people, including those on furlough, access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
Individuals will be able to access courses helping them to create effective online content developed by the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, to understand the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing from Google Digital Garage and to learn how to code for data analysis from the Open University. All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace.
Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The impact of COVID-19 has shown how important digital skills are - both for work and other aspects of our lives. Technology is going to play a hugely important role in our economic recovery and this new platform will help ensure everyone is able to improve their digital skills and take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson added: “I know how difficult the recent months have been and the huge changes the coronavirus has brought on the daily lives of us all. The Skills Toolkit will help those whose jobs have been affected by the outbreak, and people looking to boost their skills while they are staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives. I want businesses to encourage their furloughed employees to use The Skills Toolkit to improve their knowledge, build their confidence and support their mental health so they have skills they need to succeed after the coronavirus outbreak.”
The Skills Toolkit
courses have been selected on the advice of experts and leading employers to make sure they meet the needs of business, not just for today but in the future.
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