Retraining after Covid

Extra information to help you

Short courses to develop skills that will be useful in a job

The National Careers Service

website offers lots of short courses that help to develop skills students will need in employment. Now could be a great time to tell your students about them.

For example:

  • Practical maths
  • Computer essentials
  • Personal growth and well-being

More information here 

Skills Bootcamps

Offer free, flexible courses of up to 16 weeks. They are available for adults aged 19 or over who are either in work or recently unemployed and live in England. Some Skills Bootcamps have additional eligibility criteria.

There are many options to study a variety of subjects online as well as face to face.  For a list of courses

More information here

The Skills Toolkit 

Has a directory of Free courses to help you learn new skills or change jobs. Including general skills that apply to all sectors and more specialised skills.

More information here

Helpful things to read

Here's some information from about speaking to your employer about training and study whilst at work.

The BBC have written about retraining after COVID19. You can take a look for yourself here.

UNISON have information about your rights at work during a pandemic

Free online courses from universities (MOOCs) – get started with OR without qualifications!

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free online courses available for anyone to enrol. Many are free to access with an option to pay of you want a certificate. 

Millions of people around the world use MOOCs to learn for a variety of reasons, including: career development, changing careers, college preparations, supplemental learning, lifelong learning, corporate eLearning & training, and more.

Future Learn

FutureLearn offer a diverse selection of free, high-quality online courses from some of the world’s leading universities and other outstanding cultural institutions.

They aim to connect learners from all over the globe with high-quality educators, and with each other.

Courses are delivered one step at a time and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.


Coursera has Over 2700 courses from 150+ partners.

Find out about more ways to study in the Get Information part of the website. 

Track your plans and find out what skills you have an them by using our Higher Education Skills map. You can also improve your skills using Lifepilot. 

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