Free online courses to learn new skills
Newly redundant staff can benefit from free online courses to gain new skills as part of the city’s recovery from the pandemic.
The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is continuing its free [re]boot skills programme for people who have been made newly redundant as a result of Covid-19.
The re[boot] initiative is rising to the challenges posed by Covid-19 by empowering people to gain new skills and find a career that’s right for them. There are many new courses available, particularly if you are looking to boost your digital skills perhaps after a career break or looking for a career change.
The [re]boot courses are free of charge, available online and delivered in partnership with the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) and Leeds Trinity University and Go Train.
Designed to respond to skills shortages identified by local employers, learners can benefit from online workshops, exercises, course tutors are on hand to provide one-to-one support and Q&As with industry professionals.
Held online or in college, the learning can be either part-time or full-time.
Eligible participants must be over the age of 18, currently in employment, furloughed, or made redundant from March 2020 onwards and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, or York.
Studies show that there are now 110,000 people of working age claiming out of work benefits in West Yorkshire, an 93 per cent increase compared with the pre-lockdown period in March 2020.
Around 380,000 people in West Yorkshire - or 26 per cent of the region’s working age population - have low or no qualifications and are disadvantaged in the labour market. Helping people build essential skills and keep developing is a serious challenge and key to the economic recovery.
To find out more information about the [re]boot courses and to register your interest, visit https://futuregoals.co.uk/reboot/