The Skills Toolkit is a new online learning platform launched on 28 April 2020 by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson. It has been designed to help boost skills while people are staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic and is made up of free online courses, tools, and resources to help improve digital and numeracy skills.
These are the skills which are highly valued by employers and sought after in a wide range of jobs. With more people expected to be working and studying remotely in the coming months, the platform offers a great opportunity to learn new skills to help to get ahead online and gain the knowledge we’ll all need for the future. The platform also offers employees who have been furloughed an opportunity to keep up their skills development while they are at home.
The Department for Education has consulted some of the UK’s leading educational experts and employers to make up a collection of high quality resources to suit a range of interests and skill levels.
Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and tools for using email and social media more effectively at work to more advanced training. Individuals will be able to access courses helping them to create great online content developed by the University of Leeds and the Institute of Coding, to understand the Fundamentals of Digital Marketing from Google Digital Garage and to learn how to code for data analysis from the Open University. All courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace.