Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Free online courses for furloughed workers announced

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Monday, April 27th, 2020
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Economy Minister Diane Dodds has launched a new learning resource for furloughed workers and others who have lost their job as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Department for the Economy has partnered with the Open University (OU) to offer a range of free training courses to help people across Northern Ireland improve their skills and wellbeing.

 

 

The OU courses cover digital skills, employability and essential skills.

The options include digital literacy, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, leadership, communication, maths and English.

Information is also provided on other free courses available online through Northern Ireland’s other universities and colleges and a range of other providers.

 

 

Minister Dodds told Newry Times, “These courses are free for everyone and provide an opportunity for individuals to use their time at home to prepare for the future.

“Improving the digital skills of our workforce will also enhance our competitiveness and increase productivity in the long term,” she added.

 

 

Information on all of the courses available can be accessed at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/online-training-support

The department’s careers advisers can also provide advice and guidance on courses and job opportunities.

 

Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE

 

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