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How to update your basic skills with free or low-cost courses

How to update your basic skills with free or low-cost courses

Things are beginning to look more positive; vaccinations are continuing apace and we’re looking to a future where some of the more draconian lockdown restrictions will begin to lift. So, what better time to start thinking about your own future? And what better way than by focusing on gaining some new skills that you can show off on your CV? 

From interactive apps to tutor-led face to face sessions, there are plenty of courses, both locally and online. And the best thing is, many of them are either free or at least very low cost. 

So take the opportunity before real-life takes over again. Have a read of this list, and see if you spot anything that could give you that little extra something:

Courses run locally

·       Adult Learning Wales offers many course options including business skills, English for Speakers of Other Languages and employability skills – all taught online via weekly sessions. 

·       Adult Learning Cardiff have plenty of online options that can help you with work-related skills such as digital, tech and employability as well as developing various hobbies and interests too.

·       City of Bristol College offers free and low-cost courses in everything from equality and diversity to IT user skills and customer service to team leadership.

·       Bristol City Council’s Adult Learning courses are constantly being added to and updated. Many are currently being delivered online, but there are plans to move back to face to face teaching when possible. Choose from art, computing, creative writing and even language programmes – there’s plenty to choose from.

Building your skills online

The Open University offer thousands of free courses through OpenLearn. From key skills in maths and literacy to science, tech and systems thinking, you’re sure to find something that will enhance your CV. Courses run at different levels and you’ll even receive a Statement of Participation or certificate at the end of each programme you sign up to.  

Udemy boasts the world’s largest selection of courses, with 130,000 courses in a huge variety of different subjects. You will have to pay a small amount for them. But the benefit of this one above many others is that you pay per course rather than requiring a monthly subscription. This means you won’t have to worry about rushing through a course – in most cases you’ll be able to take as long as you like to complete it.

And what about free apps? 

Duolingo for language skills. Choose from  the 25 most commonly spoken languages from Spanish to Japanese, Duolingo is a great way to learn the basics of a new language on a fun and interactive app. And the best thing is that you can access everything on the app for free, as long as you’re prepared to put up with the adverts. You can even choose from Klingon and High Valyrian! Although we guess these might be less desirable on your CV!

Finally, we have one bonus app to help you hone a skill we believe is crucial when it comes to tackling the job search and performing well in that new role…

Try Headspace for just a few minutes a day and you’ll start to see improvements in your stress and anxiety levels.  What better skill to work on that that of taking care of your mental health. 


If you are looking for a job, whether it be temporary or permanent get in touch with our team. 

Send us an email or call our office on 03442 645 456.