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Reskilling and upskilling vital tools in helping to combat future rises in unemployment – Fife College boosting digital literacy with new courses

@FifeCollege has launched two new courses to help increase digital literacy in the region.

The National Progression Award qualifications have been designed to expand the digital skills of those who have recently found themselves unemployed, or those who are in work but are looking to upskill.

The ‘PC Passport’ course provides students with up to date knowledge on a range of popular IT programmes, such as Office 365, and teaches skills in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.

The ‘Digital Passport’ course addresses current gaps in digital literacy surrounding social media, networking and digital information, with learners developing skills in how to set-up and use computing devices efficiently and legally, and how to source, process and use online information effectively.

Both courses can be completed in ten weeks with part time study during the day or in the evening.

They have been created as part of Fife College’s ongoing commitment to help individuals affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, with reskilling and upskilling seen as a vital tool in helping to combat future rises in unemployment.

Academic Quality Manager in Computing and Technologies at Fife College, Rebecca Blyth, said:

“A significant majority of jobs now require digital skills, and while it’s often assumed that most have an understanding of them, many people still need help.

“That’s why Fife College has developed these courses – we want to boost digital literacy in the region and ensure that those lacking confidence in these areas can have a better understanding of them.

“Whether it’s word processing, creating a presentation or understanding more about digital networking, students can learn more about them over a part-time course in just ten weeks.

“With unemployment expected to rise as a consequence of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we provide people across the region with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to get back into work.

“These courses will help to do exactly that, and I’d encourage anyone who has ever wanted to boost their digital knowledge to get in touch.”

Applications are already open, with both courses due to start in February next year.

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