Furloughed workers offered online skills training

Adults at home during the coronavirus lockdown, including millions furloughed from their jobs, are being offered free online courses in digital skills.

The Department for Education is launching a collection of job-related online courses, teaching numeracy, coding and internet skills.

The Open University and Google are among the providers.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said businesses should encourage staff to “boost their skills”.

And he urged furloughed employees to “improve their knowledge, build their confidence and support their mental health so they have skills they need to succeed after the coronavirus outbreak”.

The training is focused on improving skills for online jobs, in the expectation more people will be working remotely.

“Maths and digital skills are highly prized by employers,” said Matthew Fell, chief policy director of the CBI business organisation.

The Skills Toolkit, on the government’s website from Tuesday, is a collection of training resources to help people use the lockdown to acquire jobs skills for when more businesses reopen:

Good Things Foundation chief executive Helen Milner said almost 12 million people in the UK were “without the essential digital skills for life and work”.

The Department for Education says the number of digital jobs is continuing to grow faster than in most employment sectors.

And Sir John Timpson, who chairs the Timpson retail group, warned on Monday there would be some High Street companies “that don’t come back” after the pandemic.

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