Online training courses during COVID-19

Online training courses to assist redundant or furloughed individuals during COVID-19

This webpage details short online training courses which may assist individuals who have been made redundant or furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These courses can provide individuals with skills development in response to the current climate.

Many of the courses listed are free, however some do have a cost associated.  Skills Development Scotland has a section in their World of Work website which can give you advice on the funding options available.

Skills Development Scotland's website also has a section to support individuals through the effects of the pandemic: providing advice on employment and redundancy; advice for pupils, learners and apprentices and business support.

Free Online Training

Skills Development Scotland has created a special online learning portal to support individuals who are furloughed or want to develop their skills at this time via a new online learning portal. 

HTSI (Highland Third Sector Interface) offer free eLearning to all its members to help people through this challenging time. If this is of interest firstly join HTSI, it is free.  For a limited time only, they have opened their online learning platform to all members for free.  It’s intuitive, easy to use and hosts loads of relevant and essential modules covering key topics such as compliance, workplace development, finance, IT skills, communication, wellbeing, self-management.  For those already with a subscription to their online training portal, an extra three months will be added to your 12-month contract.

Open University have many free courses available at varying academic levels.

Future Learn offer several short online courses, e.g. communicating and collaborating, effective communication and leading a team. 

Free courses in Scotland offer several free short online courses.

West College Scotland offer a number of free short online courses.

IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) offer free training webinars to improve your soft skills; in just one hour they provide an overview and some tips on fundamental tasks which you are likely to employ in your career such as giving presentations, managing your CPD and revising your CV for impact.

MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) are free online courses specifically designed to be studied online and designed to fit around your life, with short activities and clear goals delivered by several Scottish universities.  For further information, see:

Robert Gordon University has launched free short courses to support the skills needs of individuals and workforce across Scotland in response to the economic impact of COVID-19.  The university is offering 400 fully funded places across a range of online short courses focused on strengthening business and providing individuals with skills development opportunities. 

Social Enterprise Academy is there to support individuals through COVID-19 and beyond.  They have support for furloughed staff, to develop skills and prepare for return to work.

Royal Bank of Scotland’s fully funded Royal Bank Dream Bigger programme supports females aged 16 – 18 years old to build future skills and capabilities, inspiring the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

Online Training with fees

Pulteneytown People’s Project offer several online courses

North Highland College UHI offer a number of online courses and flexible study.

University of Highlands & Islands offer several online courses.

British Safety Council offer a number of short online courses, some of which only take 30 minutes and cost as little as £14.25 (excluding VAT).  Courses range from display Screen Equipment, Manual Handling, Fire Safety, Data Protection, Driver Safety Awareness, Avoiding Slips and Trips, Working at Height, Safeguarding Children in Education. 

GBS Corporate Training offer several digitally delivered courses. The duration of the interactive sessions varies on the topic, but the maximum time is 3 hours. You can purchase virtual courses in bundles so that you can join multiple courses delivered on the same day, maximising the cost effectiveness of the training.  Course topics include business writing, communication skills, influencing and persuading others, presentation skills and many more. 

Webywhere offer several soft skills courses e.g. creative thinking, dealing with emotion and conflict, management change, advanced management skills, cross-functional management, commercial negotiation and project management. 

NEC offer a number of online courses via their online academy which enables you to gain a comprehensive and clear understanding of the NEC3 suite of contracts at anytime, anywhere and at your own pace. 

ILM offer eWorkbooks covering a range of leadership and management topics, e.g. managing risk, managing change, managing inclusively, managing collaboration, managing projects and managing business improvement. 

Creativedge offer several virtual classroom training courses.

IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) offer a number of one hour e-classes delivered in a webinar format.  These e-classes cover a range of subjects including Project Management, mentoring, effective negotiation and many more. 

MfQ (managing for quality) has a track record of over 30 years delivery of training consulting and auditing services to a wide variety of sectors including; nuclear, chemical, public sector, military and healthcare.  They offer a number of e:learning courses .

The University of Edinburgh offers a portfolio of short, standalone courses designed to enable individuals to upskill or working professionals to reskill through online or blended learning in digital data.  Funded places are available to those who meet the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) fee waiver criteria.  For further information on the courses available, eligibility, funding and how to apply see the section on the Data Skills Workforce Development website

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