As the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on businesses continue to ease, many employees will be glad to see the back of remote working – particularly those who are less keen on digital workspaces like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The transition to these new methods of working has highlighted a vital truth, however: in order to maintain stability during uncertain times, employers must be confident in the digital literacy of their workforce.
This has led to an increase in demand for specialised training programmes, particularly in areas where a digital skills gap is prevalent. For those seeking to upskill their employees our partner Independent Training Services (ITS), with the support of European Social Fund (ESF), Sheffield City Region LEP and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are offering an array of fully-funded courses designed to boost digital literacy and IT skills.
Businesses up to 250 employees who fall under the Sheffield City Region area can enrol onto a range of digital courses through the Skills Support for the Workforce programme, which is commissioned by the ESFA and delivered in partnership with the Sheffield City Region LEP. Those in Barnsley, Rotherham and elsewhere in South Yorkshire with a workforce of any size can access the same training through the European Social Fund (ESF) Advancing Digital campaign.
As a proud partner of both programmes and an experienced provider of commercial training, ITS is perfectly placed to help you upskill and future-proof your workforce. All our digital skills courses can be provided for individuals or groups, delivered at your business premises, in our classrooms, online or using a blend of these approaches to suit you. ITS access the funding on behalf of our learners, so all individuals and companies need to do is decide which course or courses would upskill their digital performance.
Stephen Hepworth, Managing Director of ITS, has a proven track record of delivering programmes aimed to boost employability and longevity in business. He said: “The SSW and Advancing Digital campaigns are a fantastic opportunity for employers in South Yorkshire to assess the digital abilities of their workforce, identify any gaps in knowledge, and fill those gaps.
“It’s more important than ever for businesses to move with the times – continued professional development, especially when it comes to IT and digital, is a huge part of that.”
At no extra cost to you or your employees, ITS can offer:
Digital Skills Workshops:
- Microsoft Office training, including Excel, Word, Powerpoint,Teams and Sharepoint
- Adobe programmes such as Photoshop
- Google programmes
- Cyber security
- Social Media
- GDPR training
- ICDL (International Computer Driving License – formerly ECDL)
Digital Qualifications up to Level 2:
- IT User Skills
- Essential Digital Skills
- Digital Skills for Employment
- Digital Marketing
To browse courses in more detail, click here
Alternatively, you can chat to Tracey Amer, Business Development Consultant
T: 01226 216 760
M: 07816 543 029
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