Depending on the skills you need, it might be that you can learn these by yourself!
How to learn amazing things for free!
Did you know that you can gain lots of knowledge and skills for free? There are a number of websites which provide free courses which are often referred to as ‘Massive Online Open Courses’, or MOOCS. These MOOCS provide training on a range of subjects from computer coding, to finance and engineering. You can also find free sites that can help you revise for your GCSE's or A-levels. Take a look at some of the following examples below to find out more.
Other ways to self-learn include visiting your local library. You can access books on all kinds of subjects as well as utilise free online courses with your library card. Essex libraries offer their own online learning courses which can be accessed here: www.essexlibraries.universalclass.com.
Another great way to learn is by accessing free videos on sites such as www.youtube.com. Available content is extremely diverse and covers virtually any topic you can think of.
Google Digital Garage
You can kickstart your career in digital with an impressive certification from Google. Google’s free online courses will guide you through everything from search engines, to social media and beyond. A certification is a great way to make your CV shine. It shows you’ve got genuine digital skills, and that you are motivated to learn: two essential qualities in today’s business world: learndigital.withgoogle.com
Open Learn aims to break the barriers of education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free! These are free online courses from the Open University: www.open.edu/openlearn/
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle maths, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more: https://www.khanacademy.org/
Futurelearn offers a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life. They cover subjects such as business management, health and psychology, languages, law, computer science and more: www.futurelearn.com
Learn for free from the BBC!
Bitesize is the BBC's free online study support resource for school-age students in the United Kingdom.
Learn to code for free
Codeacademy's online coding tutorials with easy-to-follow instructions, immediate feedback, and a tested curriculum take anyone from non-technical to “I can code.”