Digital Skills Training for Individuals Looking to Upskill

A range of free opportunities to learn new digital skills for individuals who may be unemployed, looking to change career or thinking about upskilling.

New training available

Open Door to Success

The Department for Work & Pensions has partnered with The Open University OpenLearn courses will enhance your digital and employability skills, so you can work towards your career aspirations. There are also courses to help you improve your functional English and Maths skills.

Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper?
Whether it’s a 5-minute exploration or a 24-hour expedition into learning that you’re after, you’ll find it on OpenLearn for free. OpenLearn is a free online learning platform, delivered by The Open University.

You will find over 1,000 free courses, topical and interactive

What is OpenLearn?
OpenLearn courses are freely accessible to all DWP customers regardless of previous education, learning experience or disability.

Click here for more information.


Support with CVs and Job Applications

BT Skills for Tomorrow

A free online resource to learn digital skills for daily life, for work life, for parents, for teachers, for business. Click here to find out more.  BT and their partners are also holding a number of webinars including some on CV creation and how to be a hit at interviews. View here for full list of webinars.


Google Digital Garage Training includes a range of free learning programmes designed to jump-start your career. You can learn by selecting individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end. Topics include:

  • Build confidence with self-promotion
  • Land your next job
  • How to increase productivity at work
  • Speaking in public
  • English for career development
  • Business writing

Learn My Way

Learn My Way from The Good Things Foundation has a variety of courses available to develop your basic digital skills but also have courses to learn how to produce CVs – like this one.

Lloyds Bank Academy

The Lloyds Academy is packed with free digital skills learning for any level. There are courses to help you improve your CV, prepare for interviews and to hold video calls online (often a method for interviews at the moment).



Want to learn more digital skills or understand more about the digital world?

BT Skills for Tomorrow

Not just a resource to help with your CV and job applications, there are  many free online resource to learn digital skills for daily life, for work life, for parents, for teachers, for business. Click here to find out more.  BT and their partners are also holding a number of webinars – full list of webinars.

Google’s Applied Digital Skills

The Applied Digital Skills content consists of  250+ hours of video led content to use to learn digital skills. Originally designed to be used by teachers with students or by students independently, if you focus on the Post 16 content this resource can be used by those not in school or college to upskill.

Content includes: Use Google to get a new job, manage a project with digital tools, use digital tools for eveyday tasks, organise files on your drive. Sign up for free here!

The Open University has a variety of free courses available. You can find more information here.

Learn My Way

Learn My Way from The Good Things Foundation has a variety of courses available to develop your basic digital skills including courses on Google, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. The go back to basics such as “How to create a Word document” or “What is Office 365?”.

Lloyds Bank 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:

The 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. Read more about it here.

If you want to speak to someone about doing the IDEA Award, why not drop in to your local Lancashire Library. All the staff can help you and you can go online in any library.

Office 365

Whether you want to learn the basics of office apps such as Excel or Word or work smarter, after learning new tips and tricks, the Office 365 Training Center offers a range of training for you to access for free.

UK Learns

Created by Pearson, UK Learns provides a carefully curated selection of online courses to help businesses develop their skilled workforce, and to enable individuals to gain skills and accreditation to open up new career opportunities. Courses are categorised in to the following sub-categories, or you can search all courses by industry area. You can even do a quiz to find the course for you if stuck for ideas!

There are 52 Digital options including:

Local Digital Skills Support

Lancashire Adult Learning have a wide range of online flexible or live courses that can introduce you to a range of topics to develop your digital skills – click here to explore their offer or call 0333 0031717.

There are videos to watch and help sheets you can read covering things such as: Signing Up and Using ZoomDownload, BorrowBox, Apps icons – reference sheet, WhatsApp instructions and staying safe online.


Blackburn with Darwen Adult Learning
Have tutors who are available to offer support, via phone or email, with basic digital, ICT and employability skills. There is also a suite of Home Learning videos covering a large range of subjects that are added to regularly.

FREE Face to Face Sessions:

Book on through Eventbrite  or call on 01254 581175

Day Time Venue


Contact No.

(term time only)

9.30am-11.30am Bank Top NLC, Arthur Way, Blackburn 01254 581175
1pm – 3pm Audley NLC, Pringle St, Blackburn 01254 507720

(term time only)

10am – 12pm Darwen Town Hall, Croft St, Darwen 01254 581175

 ICT Skills Support  Service – Learn from Home

Every Tuesday: 10am – 11pm Every Thursday: 11:00am – 12pm

Email at and please type – Employability in the subject box or call on 01254 507720.

Check out the new brochure for courses January to March 2021.


Want to learn skills that are needed in the Tech Sector?


OpenSAP provides free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) open to everyone interested in learning whether you are a professional, career changer, student or just interested. Find out more about OpenSAP here.

Cisco Networking Academy

Build your skills with introductions to cybersecurity, internet of things, entrepreneurship, Linux3. Find out more about Cisco Networking Academy here. 

Microsoft UK Digital Skills Hub

Microsoft have developed a training offer across 10 Digital Career areas.

These 10 jobs were identified as having the greatest number of job openings*, have had steady growth over the past four years, pay a liveable wage, and require skills that can be learned online.

*Number of job openings posted globally on LinkedIn in 2020

Job roles include: software developer, sales representative, project manager, IT administrator, customer service specialist, digital marketer, IT support/helpdesk, data analyst, financial analyst, graphic designer.

Have a look at the offer here.

Microsoft Learn

With Microsoft Learn you can learn skills required to advance your career and gain Microsoft Certification. You can filter course by beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Courses cover:

  • .Net e.g. .NET core
  • Azure e.g. Azure Active Directory
  • Dynamics 365 e.g. AI for customer service
  • Power Platform e.g. Power BI
  • SQL Server
  • Visual Studio e.g. App centre
  • Windows
  • Microsoft 365 e.g. Cloud app security
  • Office 365 e.g. Sharepoint framework

Google Digital Garage

Google Digital Garage Online Training has a range of online courses covering a wide range of topics. This includes an introduction to Digital Marketing and Data & Tech. Example courses include:

AWS – Amazon Web Services

AWS—Amazon Web Services offer some free training on a variety of topics from analytics and big data to machine learning and application integration. There are also links to other training you can purchase, so please ensure you filter for the free digital training.

Institute of Coding

Offering a wide range of industry-inspired courses co-designed by a network of employers and education. Courses  are there if you want to find out more about digital, learn new skills, or prepare for your career by studying for a degree. Find more information here.

Future Learn

From learning to code and exploring programming to understanding cyber security, take online IT and coding courses to explore tech trends like data science and digital marketing. Join beginner to advanced level courses led by leading tech experts. For more information.

LinkedIn Learning (formerly

LinkedIn Learning – a wide range of over 4000+ courses including over 600 software development courses – free 1 month trial. Some University students e.g. UCLAN students, may find they receive access the LinkedIn Learning via their institution.