A positive outcome of the Covid-19 crisis at Teesside University

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Teesside University offers free digital skills courses

The Covid-19 crisis has generated new demands on workers in a wide range of sectors, in particular the urgent need for improved digital skills to help people to adapt to changing work patterns.  In response to this, Teesside University has come up with the Digital Skills for Growth programme to help give people in the Tees Valley and County Durham just those skills.

So, what exactly is on offer, and when?

There are ten accredited, online courses on a range of topics, including coding, Power BI and digital marketing to art for games and film, data visualisation, animation and more.   These run between 2 March and 19 May and are offered both in full-day and half-day sessions.

For anyone in doubt as to what they might be letting themselves in for, the university is offering pre-enrolment taster courses.  These last 1 – 2 hours.  Similar taster courses on topics such as Microsoft TEAMS, programming a BBC Micro:Bit and the effective use of iPhone Shortcuts will also be available. 

And who can access these courses?

Courses are available to people living in the Tees Valley and County Durham, employed in public, private and voluntary sectors, whether at work or on furlough, and also to the self-employed.

In addition to this the university, acknowledging that teachers are key to the programme of improving digital skills, is offering a number of short, sharp taster sessions to provide educators with ready-made content to use in their classroom – including in remote learning sessions – and encourage students to think about a future career in digital. 

As Siobhan Fenton, Associate Dean (Enterprise and Business Engagement) in Teesside University’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, said: “The pandemic has taught us all how important digital really is, and getting ahead in your digital skills will help your CV stand out from the crowd.” 

Anyone who completes the short, accredited courses will receive a University Certificate in Professional Development in Digital Skills Qualification.  

Further information on these courses is available here.

The Digital Skills for Growth programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund

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