Develop skills for the digital workplace

Every adult in Greater Manchester is entitled to free Digital Skills training up to Level 2. Check out our digital map to find your nearest training provider.

Are you looking for work or thinking of changing or developing your career?

Upskill using this amazing range of free resources:

The Skills Toolkit hosts a range of free courses to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Including general skills (e.g. numeracy) that apply to all sectors and more specialised skills (e.g. Digital design and marketing). Grab this opportunity to build up your existing skill set and discover new talents.

Make It Click features free courses, tools and templates that you can trust. You can learn about new apps, improve the skills you already have and take a positive step forward in your work. Courses range from creating a CV with Google Docs, to the basics of LinkedIn.

Learn My Way is a free learning platform for beginners and improvers. They have a range of courses including content covering how to use Microsoft Office or how to find a job online.

FutureLearn is somewhere to learn with world class universities and industry experts for free. Develop hobbies, new skills and career-changing expertise with flexible courses.

Microsoft offer free access to learning materials to make the most of their products. Visit the Microsoft Digital Literacy homepage for a range of online training videos, or access a range of on demand videos put together as part of Digital Skills Week. Microsoft Excel is an important skill in many jobs, Excel Easy has a range of extensive training guides to help you develop your skills.

Google’s Digital Garage is somewhere to learn at your own pace, with flexible and personalised training courses designed to build your confidence and help you thrive. Gain today’s most in-demand skills in Data and Tech or Digital Marketing. Google also have a range of support and guides available for their equivalent of the Microsoft Office package. Check out the Google Workplace Learning Centre to improve your skills with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Barclays LifeSkills has been put together to give people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need for work with tools, tips and resources. Whether you are Changing Worklife or want to support your family with the changing world, there should be something for you.

OpenLearn is a free learning platform from the Open University. If you want to learn but aren’t not ready to commit to a University course, browse over 900 courses.

iDEA Award

iDEA is the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. It's a fun way to develop your digital and enterprise skills, unlock new opportunities and enhance your CV. This is an industry recognised award that will make you stand out from the crowd.

Young people and adults alike can work towards an award and it’s totally free. You can learn on your own, with friends or family, in school or with an organised group or club.

It's a digital version of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, open to all ages. There are three levels of Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. You work towards each award by earning badges online as you learn new skills. Each badge carries points and when you earn enough points, you will receive the award.

The badges are fun and flexible. They cover a wide range of bite size topics: online safety, image and video editing, coding and many more.

You can earn iDEA digital badges on your phone, tablet or computer - basically anywhere you can get online. You only need an email address to get started. Visit the iDEA homepage.

Digital Skills Bootcamps

This year, the government is investing £2.5 billion in the National Skills Fund as part of its Plan for Jobs. The National Skills Fund will help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects. As part of the National Skills Fund, the government has funded a wide variety of Skills Bootcamps, which offer adults aged 19 and over with the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.