Digital Skills

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Digital Skills

At New Directions College we offer a complete range of Digital Skills training. Starting with everyday and essential digital skills through to ICT systems support, DevOps and Python programming.

NEW Introduction to IT

Although technology is all around, many people struggle to use it effectively. Gaining digital skills can reduce isolation, increase career prospects and enable people to access relevant information. This pre-entry level course is flexible and tailor made to individual learners who may be complete beginners or just keen to learn more. The course will give insights into accessing devices, searching for information online, being safe online, communicating online and possibly a taster to Office applications.  Delivered at New Directions College South and Reading Community Learning Centre.

Starting at New Directions College South:

  • Monday 12th September 2022 at 9:30 – 13:30

Starting at Reading Community Learning Centre:

  • Monday 9th January 2023 at 9:30 – 13:30
  • Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 9:30 – 13:30

 

Essential Digital Skills (day)

The National Digital Standard published by the Department for Education, aims to support adults in five key areas – Communicating, Handling information and content, Transacting, Problem Solving and Being safe online. This entry level accredited course will cover all of these areas and will help the learner gain necessary skills to improve their career prospects. The course is FREE under the digital entitlement. Courses are approximately 6 to 8 weeks in duration, depending on venue and start date. Delivered at New Directions College South, Reading Community Learning Centre and Southcote Community Hub.

Starting at Reading Community Learning Centre:

  • Tuesday 13th September 2022 at 9:30 – 13:30
  • Tuesday 10th January 2023 at 9:30 – 13:30

Starting at Southcote Community Hub:

  • Wednesday 14th September 2022 at 9:30 to 12:30
  • Wednesday 26th April 2023 at 9:30 – 12:30

Starting at New Direction College South:

  • Wednesday 2nd November 2022 at 9:30 – 13:30

Course fee: FREE

 

 

ICT Level 1 Functional Skills 

This course provides a thorough grounding in ICT for those who already have some knowledge. It covers Online safety, basic computer settings & maintenance, using internet & email, storing, accessing and sharing files online, word processing, Excel spreadsheets, presentations and using a database. This is an accredited L1 Functional Skills qualification with City and Guilds.  Delivered at New Directions College South and Southcote Community Hub.

Starting at New Directions College South:

  • Tuesday 27th September 2022 at 9:30 – 12:30
  • Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 9:30 – 12:30

Starting at Southcote Community Hub:

  • Wednesday 25th January 2023 at 9:30 – 12:30

 

NEW Cyber Security Level 2

In an increasingly digital world, cyber security is fast becoming a main concern for many organisations and there is a demand for Cyber Security courses in the UK. With complex online scams and cyber crime, it’s essential that organisations have an understanding of preventative measures to maintain cyber security, including techniques and security checks needed to store data securely. This online course is a key starting point for anyone looking to begin their career in cyber security.

Starting: This course is delivered through distance learning and completely online. It offers flexible starts, based on individual learner enrolment. 

Course fee: The course may be FREE depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.

 

Digital Skills for Work – Level 2

Technology evolves at a very fast pace, so it’s important to keep up with the changes and develop new digital skills. This online qualification is perfect for anyone looking to enhance their digital literacy. On this digital skills course you’ll learn how to use search engines and social media platforms to find the information you’re looking for, how to store your data safely and minimise data breaches, and how you can use technology to communicate professionally. You will also be introduced to the world of blogging and how to engage with your followers for better interaction. All these new skills will help you to stand out at work and improve your understanding of IT.

Starting: This course is delivered through distance learning and completely online. It offers flexible starts, based on individual learner enrolment. 

Course fee: The course may be FREE depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.

 

Digital Skills for Work level 2 – Business

Almost all businesses today use digital technology. For many roles, you need to understand how to use digital skills to help the business thrive. With our level 2 Digital Skills for Work qualification, you’ll learn how to apply digital skills more effectively in a business setting. You will learn how to identify sources of information to meet business needs, how to collect and store important data the right way, and how to use online meeting technology to collaborate with others.

Starting: This course is delivered through distance learning and completely online. It offers flexible starts based on individual learner enrolment.

Course fee: The course may be FREE depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.

 

Digital Skills for Work level 2 – Logistics

The logistics industry relies on digital technology to keep it at the forefront of the supply chain. As technology advances, it’s essential that employees have the right skills to keep up with demand. Our online level 2 Digital Skills for Work qualification will help you keep your day-to-day operations running smoothly. You will learn how to safely and securely store your company data in line with legislation, how to use technology to communicate with colleagues quickly and effectively, and how to use social networks to thrive professionally and personally.

Starting: This course is delivered through distance learning and completely online. It offers flexible starts based on individual learner enrolment.

Course fee: The course may be FREE depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.

 

NEW Understanding Data Protection & Data Security Level 2

Anyone who works with personal data needs to understands the laws surrounding it. This fully online level 2 Course in Data Protection and Data Security will provide you with essential knowledge on data protection compliance. The qualification will help to develop your understanding of key data legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act. You will learn the steps that organisations can take to protect data from common threats to ICT systems, as well as the consequences that failing to protect data can have for individuals and organisations.

Starting: This course is delivered through distance learning and completely online. It offers flexible starts based on individual learner enrolment.

Course fee: The course may be FREE depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact us.