Everyone needs word and number skills, whether in daily life or in work. We also need the skills that help us to live in our communities and make the most of our lives. In addition, IT and communications technology skills are needed as part of everyday life, especially in the working environment.
The National Careers Service website provides a Skills Health Check Tool which you may find useful. Whether you are currently in work and considering a change, actively searching for jobs, or just interested in increasing your self-awareness, the Skills Health Check Tool can help you.
The Skills Health Check Tool is a set of online questionnaires with a report, designed to give you information about your skills, interests and motivations in the workplace. The tool helps you to think about the kinds of jobs you might be best suited to in future.
CivvyStreet provides a number of online learning courses that can help develop your skills further. Visit our eLearning section for free courses on a range of subjects.
Some of the training that you need may not be available online. Use the CivvyStreet course search tool to find suitable courses, and if you need funding, visit the Funding Schemes section to see if you are eligible. Please note however that CivvyStreet is about getting you into employment and funding is only available for training and other support and costs that leads to job outcomes.
Today ICT skills are useful in almost every job, meaning that learning new ICT skills can increase your job prospects in a number of industries.
Colleges: You can study ICT and computing skills at further education colleges and centres of vocational excellence (CoVEs). There are many qualifications available. To find out more, visit the website of specific colleges or get a copy of their prospectus.
Apprenticeships: Combine practical experience with training to allow you to earn, gain experience and learn while working. You can do apprenticeships in ICT and in telecommunications areas like call handling or IT and electronic communications.
Studying at a higher level. For many technical roles, it is necessary to study at a higher level. Students who already have some qualifications can apply for a course such as a BTEC Higher National Diploma in computing. This course is useful for people who want to progress to a degree course or work in IT services
For more information about IT skills and training, visit the GOV.UK website on the right hand side of this page.