During these isolated times this could be a great opportunity for you to learn how to use a computer or develop your online digital skills. Stay connected with the world, with your friends, and keep up to date with what is going on.  Or why don’t you encourage others to do this.

There are loads of sites on the Internet that offer free courses. Some of them will provide you with an accreditation/certificate when you’ve passed the course, which could always look great on your CV. 

Here are our recommendations to the best places to start – all are completely free.

If you are learning how to use a computer for the first time and want to start with the basics then Learn My Way is the perfect online trainer for you. They offer over 30 free courses designed for beginners to get started with the online basics- Using a mouse, keyboard, setting up email accounts and using internet search engines.  When logging in, use centre ID – 3454560 which is Manchester Libraries

If you know the computer basics but want to learn how to use microsoft products or how to design your dream presentation then you can use Alison’s free online courses or the more advanced courses on Learn My Way. The structure of these courses make it so clear and make it easy for beginners to pick up.

Want to know more about computers and be creative. iDEA is the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards initiative.  iDEA is the digital equivalent to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme. It is for all ages and is an inspirational and informative way to become more digitally creative. You can collect badges by completing courses on subjects such as Social Media for Business, Internet Safety and Fake News. It’s fun and a great way to learn – try iDEA now.

If you already know how to use computers then why not try to learn something new? Cisco is offering free online courses for advanced computer users. Ever wanted to learn to code or write your own program? Then this is the perfect opportunity. Completing these courses will put you in a better position for a career in IT.

If you don’t have access to a computer or mobile device  to develop your skills you can always visit your Local Library or Online Centre once they’ve reopened..