Skills Boost courses
To support the recovery of the local economy we are offering a bigger and better suite of fully-funded short online courses that have been designed to encourage people to re-skill or up-skill in subjects that are linked to key growth sectors.
These free short online courses will help boost your skills to get you into work, or progress in your job. They can be started at any time and studied flexibly to fit in with your life.
Explore the courses below, and sign up for the ones that appeal to you. Our new streamlined booking system will enable you to start boosting your skills very soon!
(Please note that courses need to be completed by 31 July 2022 and applicants must be aged 16+.)
Explore these free online courses:
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The internet has changed the way that we work, live, shop, and play. You can take advantage of this new way of doing business whether you want to set up a part-time venture or create the next million-pound enterprise. This course will give you everything that you need to build a successful online business.
Digital transformation looks different for every business, but it aims to alter how a company operates with the addition of technology to improve the customer experience and the workplace. This course will teach you about digital transformation, what companies in different industries are doing, as well as best practices so you can try it for yourself.
Your brand speaks for your company and its products and/or services. In today’s online-focused world, it’s important that your brand has a definitive, consistent, and responsive presence. Whether you’re looking to build a brand from scratch or strengthen an existing brand, this course will help you do this using social media.
This course is an ideal start for business owners and people new to marketing to learn the basics of online marketing. Topics covered include search engine optimization, e-mail campaigns and pay per click advertising.
This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the causes of infection, the ways in which infection enters the body, the spread of infection and the ways in which the body fights infection. This is complemented with the knowledge and understanding surrounding antiseptic, sterilisation, disinfection procedures and disposal of infected material.
This course will support you in learning about the skills, values and knowledge you need to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings. You will learn why these skills, values and knowledge are important to your practice with children and young people and working with others. This course will help you learn about the wide variety of early learning and childcare provision that is available and how it meet the needs of children and their families. The course will also help you identify the various opportunities within this sector, the qualifications you need to undertake these roles and possible career pathways available.
This course will support you in developing an understanding of how children grow and develop. It will enable you to investigate children and young people's development pre-birth to 16 years. You will be given the opportunity to learn about holistic development and how different aspects of development interrelate. You will also learn about how life experiences and other factors can impact development, both positively and negatively.
This course will support you in developing an understanding of how people grow and develop and why this is important for people who work in care settings. You will also learn about how life experiences can impact on people’s life, both positively and negatively. Finally, you will study a wide variety of psychological theories that will explain human behaviour. Knowledge of these theories will allow you, as a care worker, to understand the appropriate support that you can offer to individuals using care services.
This course is designed to introduce individuals to the Health and Social Care Integration Agenda in Scotland and particularly highlights partnership working. It provides knowledge of the NHS and Social Care Structure and their funding in Scotland. The course offers an overview of the challenges, constraints, and opportunities within Integration and the roles and responsibilities that exist. An understanding of these pathways is key if you currently work, or hope to work, in the health and social care sector.
Career development courses
This course has been designed to support individuals on the Kickstart programme. It will provide you with the essential digital and career management skills needed to enter the world of work including:
- Understanding your career options
- Application forms
- Creating a CV
- Personal statements and covering letters
- Interview and presentation skills
- Building digital confidence and digital literacy
- Working as a team
- Health and Safety
Digital skills courses
This interactive course is for those who want to learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media. The second part of the course is for those who have curiosity around the “Internet of Things” - the billions of physical devices around the world that are now connected to the internet, all collecting and sharing data.
Today’s interconnected world makes everyone more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Whether you’re attracted to the relativity new world of cybersecurity as a professional, or just interested in protecting yourself online and in social media, this introductory course is the answer.
Nearly every IT job requires some Linux knowledge. NDG Linux Unhatched allows you to wade into the shallow end of Linux. The second part of this course sees you expanding on these skills.
Learn Python, the Language for Internet of Things.
How great would it be to write your own computer program? Or, design a web or desktop application that millions of people could enjoy? Both are possible if you learn to code in Python.
This course will provide you with a brief introduction to criminal law that applies throughout Scotland. You will be given the opportunity to learn about some key legal concepts. In this course, we will also consider a number of important legal cases that have shaped Scottish criminal law to be what it is today.
Leadership & Management courses
This course is an online tool for your own leadership development. It is designed to help you create and accomplish your personal best, and to help you lead others to do the same. Embrace the challenges a management role can bring and enhance your ability to communicate with others.
Success as a manager is heavily influenced by how well your team operates and what kind of results they achieve. Is your team able to solve problems? Can they resolve conflict? Are they enthusiastic and motivated to do their best? Do they work well together? This online course is designed for participants who want to develop their team leadership skills and unleash the talent of their individual team members.
Many managers and supervisors are expected to deal with some human resource issues. They may be asked to take part in developing job descriptions, take part in interviews, or take responsibility for discipline. This course will introduce those managers to human resource concepts.
Supervisors undertake a vital role in businesses. As a supervisor, you have the power to turn on or turn off the productivity of the people who report to you. You are the crucial interface between the employee on the shop floor or the service desk and the managers of the organization. Although you usually have more technical experience than the employees you supervise, you may not have had a lot of leadership experience. This online course will give you the skills in communication, coaching, and conflict that you need to be successful.
Virtual workers and virtual teams are an essential part of today’s workforce. Now more than ever, people are using technology to work anywhere, anytime. There are benefits to today’s virtual workplace, but there can be challenges, too. This online course will teach managers and supervisors how to prepare employees for the virtual workplace, build virtual teams, use technology, and overcome cultural barriers.
Situational leadership is a flexible leadership style where leaders adapt their leadership style to suit their work environment and the current needs of the organisation and the team. It can improve team effectiveness, collaboration and productivity whilst also boosting employee motivation.
This online programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to support you in a current role and in career progression.