Improve your digital skills

There is a myriad of opportunities to enhance your digital skills to enable you to access services, interact and engage with people online and improve your options for employment.

Digital Skills courses are delivered locally by the University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City College, the Adult Education Service and other partners in the community and online and range from improving your basic digital skills and increasing your confidence to training in coding and cybersecurity. There are also a huge range of online resources that have been created to help you improve your digital skills.

So, whether you want to get on the job ladder, find your next job, improve your performance in your current job or change career entirely we have a list of resources that can help you take that step.

  • Local digital skills provision

    • Adult Education Service

      • Improving your Digital Skills will help you in everyday life and at work. If you want to get a job, get a promotion, or go on to higher-level study, then improving your Digital Skills is a great start. The ICT courses delivered by the adult education service will build your confidence in working with computers, improve your job prospects, and gain an ICT qualification. There are courses at all levels to suit people of all abilities, interests, and ambitions from absolute beginners to Level 1. View the current computer and digital courses by checking the Adult Education Service website www.aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk
    • Wolverhampton Library Service

      • All of the public libraries in Wolverhampton have free public computer facilities and free public Wifi. The library service is committed to promoting and supporting residents to use and get the most from new and emerging technologies. Look out for events and activities that you and your families can get involved in.

        Link to digital skills training (early Dec)
        Potential of link to virtual librarian
        Link to Flash Fiction
        Link to e-book scheme
        Link to online activities (storytimes / rhymetimes etc.
    • Wolverhampton Learning Communities

      • Wolverhampton Learning Communities provide opportunities to learn and develop your IT and digital skills in hubs in your local area. Courses, information, advice and guidance, and support to get online are offered in a range of settings throughout the city of Wolverhampton to boost your confidence and provide pathways to digital learning.

        Follow these links to see the range of activities and courses delivered at each of the centres or check out the map to find a centre near you here.

        Wolverhampton Learning Communities partners are: Access 2 Business, Adult Education Wolverhampton, Aspiring Futures, Bilston Resource Centre, City of Wolverhampton College, Job Change, University of Wolverhampton, Citizens Advice Bureau, Recovery Near You, Refugee and Migrant Centre, WEA, Ethnic Minority Council, TLC, YMCA.

        City of Wolverhampton College

        City of Wolverhampton College offer IT and computer courses for school leavers looking for a full time course and adult learners who want to continue or get back into education and learn new skills. Those looking for an alternative to university can find a range of Apprenticeships and Higher Education courses. Options range from essential digital skills courses right through to computer programming, web development, network administration, games development, digital graphics, digital technology, networking and cyber security. To get further information about your options contact the careers guidance team.

        Wolverhampton University

        Wolverhampton University offer computer science courses for undergraduates, post grads and research fellows in Data Science, Computer Networking, Cybersecurity, Games development, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Computing & Information Technology, Software Development and Data Science at the School of Mathematics and Computer Science. Computing courses delivered by Wolverhampton University will allow you to develop sound technical knowledge and skills, as well as the ability to program and design systems. Computer science courses are accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and developed with expert industry advice. The school of Mathematics and Computer science are based in Turin building and have recently invested in Extended Software Laboratory for software games development, Emerging Interactive Technologies Lab, Embedded Systems, Pervasive Computing and Smart Technologies Lab, High Performance Computing Lab, Networks and a Security and Forensics Lab. To find out more about the courses and facilities visit www.wlv.ac.uk/courses/

    • LearnPlay Foundation

      • LearnPlay Foundation is a creative digital media company based in Wolverhampton. LearnPlay use game-based technologies, film development and creative media to engage with people and give them the opportunity to learn new skills and gain commercial experience of live projects for real clients as part of a creative team. LearnPlay offer holiday programmes, training courses, work placements and full apprenticeships where trainees get the chance to build technical skills in design, editing and game development. To find out more visit the LearnPlay Foundation website.

      • LearnPlay Foundation Apprenticeships

      • Junior Content Producer Level 3
        The Junior Content Producer standard is perfect for those who have responsibility for overseeing social media platforms or other digital marketing campaigns as it empowers the individual to be self-sufficient when creating the content for their day-to-day work.

      • Digital Marketer Level 3
        This standard works with individuals to define, design, build and implement digital campaigns across online & social media platforms.

      • Infrastructure Technician Level 3
        This standard is aimed at those who provide support to internal & external customers around IT, ranging from setting up systems, networks and troubleshooting IT based issues in order to ensure the productivity of the organisation is maintained.

      • IT Solutions Technician Level 3
        This standard is aimed at those who develop, implement and maintain complete IT solutions including the hardware and software. This includes roles such as IT Technical Support, IT Service Desk and IT Systems Support.

      • Business Admin Level 3
        This standard can be utilised in a range of business settings from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector. Business Administrators support and engage with different parts of the organisation and interact with both internal and external customers whilst contributing to the efficiency of the organisation.

  • Online digital skills training

    • BT’s Skills for Tomorrow

      • BT’s Skills for Tomorrow programme offers information, advice and support to ensure everyone has the skills they need to make the most of life in the digital world. From support for those getting online for the first time to master the basics, to interactive games and activities to support children’s learning, advice for jobseekers on developing their skills and finding a job, as well as support for SMEs to adapt and grow the businesses. This can all be accessed for free at www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow
    • iDEA Award

      • The iDEA Award (The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) is described as an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. You complete a series of online challenges and collect badges when successful. Each badge has points and 250 points gets you your Bronze Award, an industry-recognised award. Find out more here.
    • Lloyds Academy

      • The Lloyds Academy is packed with free digital skills learning for any level. There is a wide range of courses available to choose from such as:

        Improving your CV
        Preparing for Interviews
        Developing the right skills for your future
        Job hunting online
        Preparing for a digital workplace
        Landing your next job

    • Google Digital Garage

      • Google Digital Garage Online Training online courses designed for you to grow your career or business. Course cover topics such as data and tech, digital marketing or career development.
    • Code with Google

      • Code with Google – designed for you to explore, advance and succeed in computer science. Courses designed for you to grow your career or business. Course cover topics such as data and tech, digital marketing or career development.
    • CompTIA

      • CompTIA is offering free e-learning for CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) and other resources for displaced workers, students, career changers or anyone else who has ever thought about working in information technology.
    • CompTIA ITF+

      • CompTIA ITF+ helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them and helps students or career changers determine if they have a competency for information technology. It creates a broader understanding of IT making it ideal for non-technical professionals.
    • CompTIA – Future Tech

      • CompTIA – Future Tech - free library of resources created by CompTIA to keep you up to speed with the tech world, go to their Future of Tech site to find out more about big data, cybersecurity, digital health, internet of things and artificial intelligence.
  • Higher Level Digital Skills

    • City of Wolverhampton College

    • Wolverhampton University

      • Wolverhampton University offer computer science courses for undergraduates, post grads and research fellows in Data Science, Computer Networking, Cybersecurity, Games development, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Computing & Information Technology, Software Development and Data Science at the School of Mathematics and Computer Science. Computing courses delivered by Wolverhampton University will allow you to develop sound technical knowledge and skills, as well as the ability to program and design systems. Computer science courses are accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and developed with expert industry advice. The school of Mathematics and Computer science are based in Turin building and have recently invested in Extended Software Laboratory for software games development, Emerging Interactive Technologies Lab, Embedded Systems, Pervasive Computing and Smart Technologies Lab, High Performance Computing Lab, Networks and a Security and Forensics Lab. To find out more about the courses and facilities visit www.wlv.ac.uk/courses/
    • LearnPlay Foundation

      • LearnPlay Foundation is a creative digital media company based in Wolverhampton. LearnPlay use game-based technologies, film development and creative media to engage with people and give them the opportunity to learn new skills and gain commercial experience of live projects for real clients as part of a creative team. LearnPlay offer holiday programmes, training courses, work placements and full apprenticeships where trainees get the chance to build technical skills in design, editing and game development. To find out more visit the website.
    • Code with Google

      • Code with Google – designed for you to explore, advance and succeed in computer science. Courses designed for you to grow your career or business. Course cover topics such as data and tech, digital marketing or career development.
    • CompTIA

      • CompTIA is offering free e-learning for CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) and other resources for displaced workers, students, career changers or anyone else who has ever thought about working in information technology.
    • CompTIA ITF+

      • CompTIA ITF+ helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them and helps students or career changers determine if they have a competency for information technology. It creates a broader understanding of IT making it ideal for non-technical professionals.
    • CompTIA – Future Tech

      • CompTIA – Future Tech - free library of resources created by CompTIA to keep you up to speed with the tech world, go to their Future of Tech site to find out more about big data, cybersecurity, digital health, internet of things and artificial intelligence.