Free online courses launched

New free online training courses launched for those looking to upskill during lockdown.



A training provider has launched a new home learning platform to provide free, nationally accredited online training courses to the many thousands of people who have lost their jobs or have been furloughed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Strive Training has been selected by the Mayor of London to drive forward the Greater London Assembly’s newly structured adult education programme which is focused on getting more Londoners into work. The programmes are funded by the GLA through the Adult Education Budget and the European Social Fund.

Courses and sector-based programmes are typically delivered face-to-face from its training centres across London, but, following lockdown, it has transferred its entire portfolio online to support the unemployed as well as furloughed workers looking to upskill, or even retrain, wherever they live. The courses cover logistics, childcare, health and social care and business, leadership and management.

Topics such as business management, mental health, digital skills and leadership are being provided, alongside specialist accredited courses in fields such as hospitality and education.

Jonny Philips, managing director of Strive Training, said: “Our mission is to help as many people as possible through this crisis by enabling them to upskill, boost their employability and help with their overall wellbeing. Thanks to these programmes, those hit with unemployment or furloughed workers with time on their hands can choose to undertake flexible home learning to learn new skills.

“All courses are delivered online, while students also get access to one-to-one support from our dedicated team of  expert assessors. While we don’t know how long the pandemic will continue to affect our daily lives, these qualifications could help shape the future direction of many Londoners’ careers.”

In addition to individuals looking to upskill, employers are also being invited to access the free courses as a way of engaging team members who have been furloughed.

Other free online learning on offer during the pandemic includes Total People’s CPD Certified and Level 2 courses in areas such as Management, Digital and Health and Social Care and the Government’s free skills toolkit.

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