Online platform ‘The Skills Toolkit’ will help people to build their skills during the coronavirus outbreak and beyond Image Open Government Licence v3.0

‘The Skills Toolkit’ launched to help people to build their skills

A new online learning platform to help boost people’s skills while they are staying at home was launched yesterday (28 April 2020).

The Skills Toolkit contains free courses which are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website. It gives people access to free digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

The platform also offers employees who have been furloughed an opportunity to keep up their skills development while they are at home. Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden said:

“Technology is going to play a hugely important role in our economic recovery and this new platform will help ensure everyone is able to improve their digital skills and take advantage of the opportunities ahead.”

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. All the courses are online and flexible, so people can work through them at their own pace.

The Department for Education said that the courses were selected on the advice of experts and leading employers to make sure they meet the needs of business, not just for today but in the future.

Employers are also encouraged to use The Skills Toolkit to help to support and develop furloughed employees who are interested in learning from home.