This week there are a number of new exciting digital initiatives for young people with live lessons from TechWeCan, a new government Cyber School and a Video Game challenge launching on the 4th of May from Sidequest.
Learn Devon, Devon County Council’s Adult Education team will launch over 100 free online courses today. We have also included information on the new national Skills Toolkit which was launched this week by HM Government.
Whether you’re a business developing new digital ways of working, an individual considering a new career or a young person looking for interesting things to learn, we hope you’ll find something in this Digital Skills newsletter for you.
Keep caring, connecting and challenging yourself to learn something new!
Charlotte, Claire and Julie
New Free Government Virtual Cyber School for Teenagers launches today
Teenagers (13 – 18 years) in the UK can sign up to the government’s new virtual cyber school to try their skills as cybersecurity agents.
The virtual cyber school is part of the government’s CyberFirst Cyber Discovery programme; a free, online extracurricular programme which turns teenagers across the country into the cybersecurity experts of the future.
With access to over 200 cybersecurity challenges and weekly webinars, teenagers will be able to learn how to crack codes, fix security flaws and dissect criminals’ digital trails as they progress through the programme as a ‘cyber agent’.Find out more & register for the new Cyber Discovery programme
CyberFirst Summer Courses
The exciting launch of the free CyberFirst Discovery Programme comes as the government also announces the opening of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) hugely popular CyberFirst summer courses. This year’s programme of summer courses will be available online and open to teenagers between 14 – 17 years old.Find out more & register for the CyberFirst summer course
Tech We Can Tuesdays
The Tech We Can team is hosting free online tech lessons for kids aged 10-13 years every Tuesday at 10.30am.
Each lesson has a different theme with the aim of inspiring children to consider a future career in technology.
The lessons are approximately 20 – 30 minutes long and aim to be fun and informative, focusing on the use of technology in our everyday lives. For each lesson students are set a challenge to complete in the hour or so following the lesson.
Check out what’s coming up next:
Tuesday 5th May – 10:30am – Tech for Manufacturing and Engineering – with Becky Patel
Tuesday 12th May – 10:30am – Tech for the Environment – with Katie King
Tuesday 19th May – 10:30am – Tech for Education – with Becky PatelFind out more & register
SideQuest Youth Games Competition
SideQuest is a new initiative to get 13-19 year olds to learn a range of key practical and workplace skills during lockdown through designing and building video games.
Participants will be able to take part remotely, with free software, curriculum mapped worksheets, online tutorials and a community of fellow game builders on the social platforms Twitch and Discord.
How it works?
SideQuest is for any teenager that wants to learn to build a video game. Starting on the 4th of May, they will release a new challenge to build a game in 7 days with online streams and tuition from industry professionals (set for 3 pm each day so you don’t even have to get up early!)Find out more & register
Institute of Coding – Summer School
The Institute of Coding Summer School is open for registrations!
This year’s Summer School will be delivered online and take place between 22nd June – 10th July.
The Institute of Code summer school is open to all UK-based undergraduate or postgraduate students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of computer programming and social data analytics. You do not need to be studying a technology-based course all you need is a desire to challenge yourself be keen to know more about coding.Deadline for registration has been extended until 10th May.
Institute of Coding – Industry Inspired Course
If you’re not a student but still curious about coding, or ready to update your digital skills, take a look at the Institue to Coding’s range of industry-inspired short courses which are co-designed and delivered in partnership with a range of Universities and Employers.
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Learn Devon Launch Online Courses
Learn Devon are launching a range of free online courses today (Friday 1st May) in response to the Coronavirus outbreak to build and improve skills and help our communities with their wellbeing and mental health.
Choose from more than 100 free courses including a wide range of digital skills courses.
The digital skills courses available include:
- Using Social Media for Job Searching
- Using Smartphone
- Using Tablets
- How to Access Universal Credit Online
- How to Access GP Services Online
- Internet Safety
UK Government Launch The Skills Toolkit
This week the government launched The Skills Toolkit, which allows adults to access free, high-quality online courses whilst at home.
The courses are split into introductory, intermediate and advanced and ranging from Video Calling and CV preparation through to Programming in Python and Cyber Security.
With 82% of all job vacancies requiring digital skills and roles that require them paying 29% more than those that don’t, and against a backdrop in recent years of the number of digital jobs growing three times as quickly as other occupations – this new toolkit from HM Government is great for anyone looking to build their skills for the future!Button
Imployable Me: Sky Rocket your Skills
To support people during the Covid-19 lockdown, the Plymouth-based Imployable team have partnered with the Study Academy to bring EVERY registered Imployable App user in the UK a completely free, CPD & Birmingham University accredited qualification.
There are approximately 30 courses to choose from covering Project Management, Health and Safety, Cybersecurity, Personal Protective Equipment and much much more!
There are no qualifying criteria, no payment details required and no hoops to jump through. All you need to do is simply download and register on the Imployable App to access your free courses:Find out more & register
Beatfreeks – Be Internet Citizens
Beatfreeks, powered by Google.org, are delivering free e-safety training sessions for teachers and youth workers.
The interactive webinar aims to equip teachers and youth workers with the tools to empower young people to be safe users of the web and encourage them to be positive voices online – essential skills during unprecedented times where online activity is increasing and fake news is prevalent.
Taking part qualifies as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for all teachers and youth workers. Each participant will come away with:
- a copy of PSHE accredited resources which includes five session plans
- a copy of supplementary resources suitable for remote teaching during the COVID – 19 pandemic
You can join this webinar on the 20th May 9:00 – 12:00.Find out more & register
When: 01/05/20 08:00 – 09:00
What: Informative, advanced session on learning how to build your audience using Facebook Pixel.
When: 01/05/20 08:30 – 09:30
What:Part of the Technology for Success Essential Guidance for SMEs – webinar series.
When: 01/05/20 11:30 – 12:30
What: An introduction to the main digital marketing channels and how to use them to build a strategy.
When: 01/05/20 12:00 – 12:30
What: Understand the basics of analysing your data, why data matters, and how to tell if your marketing is working for you.
When: 04/05/20 14:00 – 15:00
What: How do you strike deals in the digital world? This webinar will assess how the market has changed and the best practice to ensure a digital sales strategy keeps a human touch, giving you good techniques to remain positive and productive, and pivot when you need to the most.
When: 05/05/20 09:00 – 10:00
What: This workshop is best for startups looking to optimise their website, pages, blog, and content for search.
When: 05/05/20 11:00 – 12:00
What: Learn about search, social and display advertising and how to get started with advertising a business.
When: 05/05/20 11:00 – 12:00
What:Become more productive by working on how to prioritise, getting focused, managing distractions and making the most of the digital tools out there.
When: 06/05/20 11:00 – 12:00
What: In this webinar, you’ll hear from digital experts who will take you through the tools and mindset you need to succeed in the digital workplace.
When: 07/05/20 10:30 – 11:30
What: Learn how to set up your brand assets, customise templates (including changing colours and adding your own images) and download or share your finished work.
When: 07/05/20 19:30 – 21:00
What:Tips, tools and tricks on how to make your next livestream or webinar stand out and feel more professional.
When: 20/05/20 09:00 – 12:00
What:Aims to equip teachers and youth workers with the tools to empower young people to be safe users of the web and encourage them to be positive voices online.
Resources for schools and Colleges
Tech We Can Tuesdays
Free Tech Lessons for kids (10 -13 years) every Tuesday!
New initiative to get 13-19 year olds to learn a range of key practical and workplace skills during lockdown through d
Resources for Community
BT Skills for Tomorrow
Offering free short video tutorials aimed at daily life, parents, businesses and teachers including:
Video calling – learn how to use video calling to connect with family and friends
Online and mobile banking – providing tips on how to do internet banking using either a computer, tablet or mobile phone, and how to keep track of your money
Online shopping – helping on how to shop online, compare prices, use secure payment methods and understand your rights when buying online
Socialising online – learn how to use social networks like Facebook and Twitter to connect with family and friends and to share things online
Watching and listening online – support to watch TV and listen to radio online, and to use services to listen to music