Laid off? Brush up your skills online

The present lock-down has created a raft of employed persons described as furloughed.

One of the criteria that employers and employees are required to abide by to benefit from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – that funds furloughed employees – is that employees cannot work whilst furloughed.

Which begs the question, what do you do when the garden is pristine, all the other household chores are up-to-date and the dog is walked?

One option you could consider is resourced by the National Careers Service who offer a Skills Toolkit.

In the introduction to this service they say:

The Skills Toolkit is made up of free online courses, tools and resources to help you improve your digital and numeracy skills. The Department for Education has consulted some of the country’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.

This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available. We will keep this under review and may update the list from time to time.

There are courses that will give you an introduction to getting confident online to more advanced digital skills for use in the workplace. These are all short courses that can be completed at home, in your own time, at your own pace.
82% of all job vacancies require digital skills. Find out more about why digital skills matter. If you're new to online learning or coming back to it after some time, see our advice on getting the most out of online learning. 

Might be worth considering if you have time on your hands.

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