Everything you need to know about the Government's free online courses

By James Fenton

January 20, 2021 at 11:29am

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Everything you need to know about the Government's free online courses

The Government has launched a new online portal for people who are looking to retrain or acquire new skills.

The portal contains a range of free online courses aimed at people who are looking to learn new skills or are seeking to retrain. Those who are unemployed have options to retain social welfare benefits while they are undertaking courses.

The Right Course portal states that 'Education is for everyone and there is a range of options for anyone who is considering their next step in life, at any time in their lives. Whether you need to learn new skills, update your skills or find a new direction, there is a course for you.'

On the portal, you'll find free courses from the Government-funded eCollege online training facility, with the following training courses on offer:

  • business
  • project management
  • information technology
  • graphic design
  • web design
  • software development
  • basic computer literacy

eCollege courses are 'temporarily being made available free of charge as an additional support to those impacted by Covid-19 public health measures. The courses may benefit those already doing a course who would like to augment their learning, those who have recently become unemployed or had their hours reduced, and those wishing to upskill or reskill.'

A Skills Connect training programme will also allow those who have lost their job during the pandemic to:

  • develop new skills
  • build your confidence
  • improve your employability
  • access practical, industry-based work placements

You can find out more about The Right Course scheme here.

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