skills
Providers currently offering free training:

Open Learn from the Open University

Courses that have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning.

You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/free-courses/full-catalogue

 

Wiltshire Collage & University Centre

A wide range of courses that vary from professional development within your organisation or for your own business to well-being and childcare focused courses.

https://www.wiltshire.ac.uk/distancelearning

 

New Collage Swindon

Access a range of level 2 NVQ’s, a great offering to up skill staff in SME’s and other organisations. Note some acceptance criteria is applicable.

https://www.newcollege.ac.uk/learn-with-us/free-qualifications

 

Swindon Borough Council

An adult community learning service provides more than 100 free courses, enrolling over 750 eligible learners, in 40 locations a year.

The service offers opportunities for residents to gain new skills in subjects like health and wellbeing, maths, english and IT, or to help them prepare to return to work.

https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20032/schools_and_education/402/adult_community_learning

 


Future Learn

Choose from hundreds of online courses from top universities and specialist organisations.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses

 

Oxford Home Study

Free home study courses online with certificates and no entry requirements. The range of courses offered is updated regularly

https://www.oxfordhomestudy.com/free-online-courses-with-certificates

 

Vision to Learn

UK Government  funded, each course is nationally accredited and delivered in partnership with a further education college in England. Some eligibility criteria apply.

https://www.vision2learn.net/courses

 

Hubspot Academy

Free courses focusing on sales and digital marketing including social media, email and other forms of digital marketing

https://academy.hubspot.com/courses?page=1

 

Alison

Free online courses from the world’s leading experts. Join 15 million learners today.

https://alison.com/

 

Code Academy

Programming and computer science training helping you learn how to code.

https://www.codecademy.com/

  


Linkedin Learning

A range of business skills courses and training.

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/me

 

Forces Family

Support and training for families connected to the military

 

https://www.forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk/business-start-ups/

https://www.forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk/trainingcourses/

 

Finance and Management Business School

Skills based training covering Accountancy, Business Administration, Payroll, Information Technology, English and Maths.  

https://www.fmbusinessschool.com/

 

Free Courses England

Offering accredited programmes, which are designed to complement employers’ existing in-house training provision and improve each learner’s knowledge and skills by assessing their core competencies against national standards.

https://freecoursesinengland.co.uk/free-courses-1

 

Google Digital Garage

A range of free learning content designed to help your business or in your career. You can learn by selecting individual modules or take an entire course end-to-end.

https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/courses

 


IBM Training and Skills Blog

Includes foundational soft skills programs as well as technical training. You will need to create a sign in to view further content.

 

https://www.ibm.com/blogs/ibm-training/free-training-to-update-skills/

 

UK Government Careers and Skills Training

Search for courses and training online and get advice on qualifications.

https://www.gov.uk/career-skills-and-training

 

Cisco Networking Academy

A selection of courses covering Tech and digital subjects including Cybersecurity and programming.

https://www.cisco.com/c/m/en_sg/partners/cisco-networking-academy/index.html

 

Microsoft Learn

Training and courses to help you get the most out of Microsoft products such as Office 365 and much more.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/learn/

 

QA

Free training for furloughed or redundant staff. Places are limited to one course per person. Small businesses are encouraged to register their interest in using the scheme to support multiple members of staff on furlough.

https://www.qa.com/campaigns/free-training-scheme/

 

Udemy

A collection from the free courses in Udemy’s learning marketplace

https://www.udemy.com/courses/free/

 

Reed

Free training courses from a range of providers.

https://www.reed.co.uk/courses/free

BT Skills For Tomorrow

A varied range of courses covering life skills and business topics.

https://www.bt.com/skillsfortomorrow/index.html

 

Digital Business Academy

Skills that help you start, grow or join a digital business.

https://digitalbusinessacademy.technation.io/

 

Study UK

Are you thinking of studying in the UK and want to sample a UK university course, online and free of charge?

Or perhaps you have already enrolled, and are looking for advice on how to prepare to study and live in the UK?

Are you a UK graduate, taking the first steps to start your career? 

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, Study UK has a free online course for you to try.

https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/find/study-options/free-online-courses

 

Coursera

Build your skills with courses from top universities like Yale, Michigan, Stanford, and leading companies like Google and IBM.

https://www.coursera.org/courses?query=free

 


Barclays Back to Business Programme

The programme will help you assess the health of your business and identify how to sustain or grow it during a crisis, with scenarios you can use to see how the pandemic might affect your business in future. The key output will be a resilience plan for your business, which you can continue to test and evolve over time.

 

https://www.barclays.co.uk/business-banking/sectors/entrepreneurs/back-to-business-programme/ 

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