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DfE launches online Skills Toolkit


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The Department for Education (DfE) has launched an online platform to help people build up digital skills while at home.

Named The Skills Toolkit, it is hosted on GOV.UK and provides access to digital and numeracy courses.

DfE said this will be important in equipping people to work and study remotely and should improve 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.

The content has been developed by organisations including the University of Leeds, the Institute of Coding and the Open University. It covers issues such as the fundamentals of digital marketing and how to code for data analysis.

Free to use

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The high quality and free to access courses on offer on our new online learning platform, The Skills Toolkit, will help those whose jobs have been affected by the outbreak, and people looking to boost their skills while they are staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

“I want businesses to encourage their furloughed employees to use The Skills Toolkit to improve their knowledge, build their confidence and support their mental health so they have skills they need to succeed after the coronavirus outbreak.”

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