Digital Skills Opportunities for Young People

There is a range of free online learning programmes and short courses that can help you improve your basic skills or focus on developing skills needed to enter the Tech Sector.

New Training Offer - Blackburn Residents

IMO Digital Skills Bootcamp – Summer 2021

Do you live in Blackburn? Are you 18+? Are you interested in a career in IT or Digital?

This exciting collaboration between CompTIA and IMO is aimed at helping young adults open the door to a successful IT career. Passing the course exam will enable participants to become CompTIA IT Fundamentals + certified (ITF+).

The CompTIA ITF+ course will cover:

  • Installing software
  • Establishing basic network connectivity
  • Identifying/preventing basic security risks
  • Explaining troubleshooting theory and preventative maintenance of devices

Please click the link below to express your interest and a member of the IMO team will be in touch with further details:

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.

There are a whole range of badges available to do for your Bronze Award. These are just a few.

Side Quest from Into Games

BT Skills for Tomorrow

A free online resource to learn digital skills for daily life, for work life, for business. Click here to find out more. They are also offering a range of free webinars – full list of webinars.

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:

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:


Training by Google

Google has a range of training programmes you may find useful.

Code with Google

Code with Google– can be used by teachers with their students or independently these programmes are designed for you to explore, advance and succeed in computer science.

Google’s Applied Digital Skills

Applied Digital Skills – 250+ hours of content for teachers to use with students to teach digital skills or can be used independently by students. Designed for all levels of ability to use.

Google Digital Garage

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


CompTIA – Future Tech

You may also find this free and growing library of resources created by CompTIA useful in keeping you up to speed on what’s new and next – go to their Future of Tech site to find out more about big data, cybersecurity, digital health, internet of things and artificial intelligence.

Further courses to develop specialist digital skills.


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.


openSAP – Free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) open to everyone interested in learning whether you are a professional, career changer, student or just interested.

Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy – Build your skills with introductions to cybersecurity, internet of things, entrepreneurship, Linux3.

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 of Digital Marketing and Data & Tech. Example courses include:

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.

Code Academy

Code Academy have advanced courses in Data Science, Web Development and Mobile Development. Free scholarships for students affected by COVID-19. Join Today

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.

Lynda – LinkedIn Learning – a wide range of over 4000+ courses including over 600 software development courses.