Boost your digital skills during lock-down through a range of FREE courses.

Leeds Trinity University and West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges are currently offering online digital courses during lock down, perfect for those who have been furloughed or are looking for a new project whilst at home.  You will receive one to one support from local tutors and industry professionals. Flexible to your needs, courses are delivered in the evenings or at weekends in most cases.

You are eligible to join a course if you are over the age of 18, employed or furloughed and live in Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield or York.

Please note:  Individuals may undertake multiple courses however only one course can be fully funded (free).  Any subsequent courses will be charged at full cost.

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Course provider: Leeds Trinity University
Industry: Digital
Dates: Tuesday 2 June – Thursday 11 June (Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-3:30pm)
Course length: Four online sessions over two weeks.
Course description: This is the introductory course to the Digital Bootcamp, Participants will be invited to the subsequent bootcamp upon completion of the introductory course. On completion of the introduction to Web Development, Participants will be invited to join the successive component course; HTML and CSS, Programming with JavaScript, Source Control and Development.
It is designed for anyone who has an interest in coding, or would like to expand their skill set into web based coding. This could be upskilling for career progression, getting their foot in the door for a coding or web career, or this can simply be learning a new skill for a hobby.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: June
Level: 3 (unit)
Duration: Three months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course will help you to select, use and develop appropriate procedures to monitor and minimise security risk to IT systems and data.

Following this course, you may like to progress to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online, and have an understanding of appropriate procedures to monitor and minimise security risk to IT systems and data.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Monday 1 June 2020
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Two months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: The aim of this short course is to develop the knowledge and understanding to publish, integrate and share using social media. You will be able to identify the main networks and their features used in social media and why they would use them. You will also be able to identify the benefits and risks of networking on social media for an organisation.

This course may encourage progression to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to publish, integrate and share using social media.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Monday 1 June 2020
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Three months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the role of digital marketing and integral elements such as search engine optimisation (SEO), internet market research, digital marketing devices and technology.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Monday 1 June 2020
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Two months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course will cover how to manage and promote your digital reputation and online identity. You will be able to use social media and the internet to search and prepare applications for voluntary and paid employment and use technology to facilitate personal and professional learning and career progression.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Harrogate College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Wednesday 3 June – Wednesday 22 July (Wednesday evenings 5-7pm)
Level: 2 (unit)
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: Suitable for individuals who are interested in building new skills to progress their careers in web development, or individuals considering a change into a digital role.

This course covers the creation and maintenance of websites is critical to most organisations. Web development is important role in the digital sector, with many organisations employing in-house web developers or utilising web developer skills via a digital agency.

This short course will provide an introduction to web development which includes providing participants with information on the uses and features of websites. As part of the course, participants will design, develop and test a website, and review the finished website.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Monday 1 June 2020
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Two months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course covers how to search for and select appropriate information to meet personal and organisational needs. Learners will understand how to evaluate the information they find, understand copyright, and be able to store information in line with organisational procedures.

Once you have completed this course you maybe employable in roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Monday 1 June 2020
Level: 2 (unit)
Duration: Three months
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: Learn how to communicate and collaborate online using a range of technology.

On completion of this course you may progress to roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, keep yourself and others safe when using digital devices and communicate and collaborate online.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Monday 1 June 2020
Level: 3 City and Guilds accredited unit
Duration: Ending in July 2020
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand and use data that is vital in supporting digital marketing campaigns.

You will gain an understanding in how analytics can be used to optimise digital marketing campaigns, and how metrics of digital marketing are generated.

This course can lead to employment in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), Digital Marketing, Pay Per Click and Online Content Developer roles.

How will you study?

  • Training delivery over eight weeks
  • Two x 15 minute one to one tutorials at weeks three and six, or thereabouts.
  • Two hours each week teaching – followed by workshop time where you will have access to support.
  • Planned research or YouTube resources to view
  • All resources will be placed on Google classrooms
  • Assignments will be handed in via Google classrooms
  • Hangouts or Zoom to deliver teaching element

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Digital
Dates: June 2020
Level: 1 (NOCN) Unit: Using Collaborative Technologies
Duration: 10 weeks (evenings)
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course will provide individuals with the skills to collaborate using digital programmes that boost productivity, enable effective communication and support remote working.

You will learn how to stay staff and secure working with collaborative technology, and to plan and prepare tools and devices for collaborative working.

Following this course you will have developed some of the skills necessary to work within a digital field where using collaborative technology is essential. For example, working within a digital agency, or going on to further develop skills necessary to work within a digital, agile project management setting.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Starts Monday 6 July 2020 (Every Monday 6-9pm)
Course duration: 14 weeks
Level: 3
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course offers a hands-on, career-oriented learning experience to help individuals develop fundamental computer skills and prepare them for entry into ICT careers.

The Cisco IT Essentials course could be an exciting first step that leads to a new career within the digital sector, or enables you to further develop your career in this industry.

This course has an emphasis on practical activities to help individuals develop fundamental skills around computer hardware, mobile device hardware, software, and concepts of networking and security.

The course will enable individuals to learn to: install, configure, and troubleshoot computers and mobile devices; identify common security threats like phishing and spoofing; and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment.

Upon completion individuals may be able to progress within their current role or gain entry into digital marketplace as an ICT professional.

How will I study?

You will learn through various methods adapted to need. These will include tutor-led sessions, group support and online material provided with hands on practical activities

Please note: You will need to have a computer capable of running Virtualbox and have at least 50Gb of disc space with minimum of 4Gb of memory but more preferable 8Gb or 16GB .

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Shipley College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Thursday 18 June (enrolment anytime after this date)
Level: 2
Duration: Three weeks
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: This course provides learners with knowledge of common threats to ICT systems and data and ways to protect ICT systems from these threats. You will also understand how to protect data within an organisation.

Following this course, you may like to consider working in roles where you need to have the knowledge and skills to understand the basic cyber security threats that exist in organisations. This could lead to career options in IT networking and Data security.

How will I study?

Through an online workbook with access to online tutor led sessions.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Calderdale College
Industry: Digital
Dates:Monday 1 June 2020 (additional start dates to be announced)
Level: 3 (unit)
Duration: One month
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description: In these uncertain times, remote working has become vital to enable businesses to continue to function and communicate effectively.

This online course will introduce participants to a broad range of remote working, skills tips and techniques, with an additional focus on personal wellbeing and work/life balance enabling them to develop working practices to increase their efficiency and maximise return on time invested for themselves and their employer.

Impact for employees

Employees will:

  • Gain the digital skills and knowledge required to reduce the constraints faced with remote digital working
  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively manage work/life balance when working remotely
  • Achieve unit accreditation from ILM in working remotely, demonstrating a range of the key digital skills that are in high demand in today’s labour market

Impact for employers:

  • Increased efficiency of individuals and teams that are working remotely
  • Supporting employee wellbeing and motivation, when operating remotely
  • Development of a workforce that harnesses the endless opportunities of digital remote working

Assessment Task:

Participants will be required to provide an outline of the advantages and disadvantages for both businesses and remote workers of operating remotely. They will extend this with an explanation of how a range of constraints on operating remotely impact on both the enterprise and the remote worker. Participants will then describe the principal features of how to maximise a range of opportunities for businesses by working remotely.

In addition to course content, ‘wrap around’ content will be provided focusing on Mailchimp. This will enable remote workers to bring their audience data, marketing channels, and insights together so they can reach their goals more effectively. With Mailchimp, remote workers can promote their business across email, social, landing pages, postcards, and more.

Following this course you may be more likely to progress into roles where you are largely working independently (freelance roles, for example), roles that require the knowledge and skills to use and manage digital information, roles requiring an understanding of digital marketing.

How will you study?

You will need to commit to three hours study and eight hours for assessment completion and submission (total 11 hours).

All participants will have access to a named tutor, online forums and there will be regular reviews throughout the course.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Monday 6 July (Mondays 6-9pm)
Level: 3
Duration: 14 weeks
Venue: Online (remote teaching, learn at home)
Course description:

This course offers a hands-on, career-oriented learning experience to help individuals develop fundamental computer skills and prepare them for entry into ICT careers.

The Cisco IT Essentials course could be an exciting first step that leads to a new career within the digital sector, or enables you to further develop your career in this industry.

This course has an emphasis on practical activities to help individuals develop fundamental skills around computer hardware, mobile device hardware, software, and concepts of networking and security.

The course will enable individuals to learn to: install, configure, and troubleshoot computers and mobile devices; identify common security threats like phishing and spoofing; and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment.

Upon completion individuals may be able to progress within their current role or gain entry into digital marketplace as an ICT professional.

How will I study?

You will learn through various methods adapted to need. These will include tutor-led sessions, group support and online material provided with hands on practical activities

Please note: You will need to have a computer capable of running Virtualbox and have at least 50Gb of disc space with minimum of 4Gb of memory but more preferable 8Gb or 16GB .

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

The below courses have been postponed until further notice. If you are interested in any of the below courses please still get in touch so that we can update you as soon as the courses are available.

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COVID-19: Please continue to enquire about the opportunities within the [re]boot project. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, our training providers are working hard to find ways to deliver training as part of this WYCC/ESF project. Some standard methods of delivery and scheduled training dates will be disrupted during this time, but we will put you in touch with the training provider who can discuss dates, delivery method and content.

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Course provider: Kirklees College
Industry: Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Dates:  Postponed, more information to follow
Level: 2
Duration: Either two (five hour) days, or three evening sessions – a total of 10 hours learning
Venue: Engineering Centre, Turnbridge Road, Huddersfield, HD1 6AG
Course description: This course is for people who may encounter electric/hybrid vehicles in a routine maintenance situation. The course will develop the knowledge and skills required to work safely around a vehicle that may have had damage to its high energy/electrical system (not voltage components or systems).

The course will be made up of theory and practical sessions and could lead to the Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

COVID-19: Please continue to enquire about the opportunities within the [re]boot project. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, our training providers are working hard to find ways to deliver training as part of this WYCC/ESF project. Some standard methods of delivery and scheduled training dates will be disrupted during this time, but we will put you in touch with the training provider who can discuss dates, delivery method and content.

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Course provider: Wakefield College
Course venue: ASIC Centre Margaret Street, Wakefield
Start date:  Postponed, more information to follow
Course length: 2 weeks
Course level: 3
Course description: This course is aimed at people currently working in the sector looking to develop a knowledge on BIM or those working as tradespersons looking to gain a technical insight/skill.
Learners will gain knowledge of fundamental concepts associated with BIM; from knowledge of key terminology to the principles and standards associated with BIM implementation in the UK. They will develop an understanding of the drivers leading to BIM implementation, the barriers to success and the benefits that can be gained.

Learners will then be able to progress to Implementation of BIM, which provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding needed to support decision making, to plan the introduction of BIM in an organisation, and learn about the implementation process.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

COVID-19: Please continue to enquire about the opportunities within the [re]boot project. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, our training providers are working hard to find ways to deliver training as part of this WYCC/ESF project. Some standard methods of delivery and scheduled training dates will be disrupted during this time, but we will put you in touch with the training provider who can discuss dates, delivery method and content.

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Course provider: Calderdale College
Industry: Digital
Dates: Postponed, more information to follow
Level: 1/2
Duration: 12 weeks (alternate Mondays and Tuesdays 6pm -8.45pm)
Venue: Calderdale College, Francis Street, Halifax, HX1 3UZ

Course description: An introduction to the digital sector and the roles within it – Software Development, Digital Infrastructure, Web Development, Digital Marketing and Data Analysis. An introduction to ‘Agile’ and the ethos, along with developing skills in problem solving and team working.

The course will include group sessions, one-one support and remote learning. Learners will be expected to commit to at least three hours per week in addition to the sessions.

On completion of the course, you will be able to progress your learning within the following specialisms:

Software Development
Digital Infrastructure
Web Development
Digital Marketing
Data Analysis

Or you may be able to progress to an entry level job within the digital sector.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

COVID-19: Please continue to enquire about the opportunities within the [re]boot project. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, our training providers are working hard to find ways to deliver training as part of this WYCC/ESF project. Some standard methods of delivery and scheduled training dates will be disrupted during this time, but we will put you in touch with the training provider who can discuss dates, delivery method and content.

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Course provider: Bradford College
Course dates:  Postponed, more information to follow
Course description: This course is designed for candidates who need to know more of the safety precautions to be taken when working on or near a high voltage hybrid. Therefore this applies to both automotive technicians and emergency services staff. Candidates must already be employed in the motor vehicle industry.

An initial assessment of each candidate will be carried out to identify if the candidate has any specific training needs, if they need any guidance and if they have already completed a unit/credit which is applicable to the qualification.

The course will be broken down into three learning outcomes, which is broken down further into specific assessment criteria:

Learning outcome 1 – Know hybrid system components and operation.
Learning outcome 2 – Know how to work safely on hybrid and related vehicle systems.
Learning outcome 3 – Know how to carry out maintenance and repair activities when working on Hybrid Vehicles.

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If you are interested in this course, please complete the contact form. It will take around 2 minutes to complete. An adviser from the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

COVID-19: Please continue to enquire about the opportunities within the [re]boot project. Despite the Coronavirus pandemic, our training providers are working hard to find ways to deliver training as part of this WYCC/ESF project. Some standard methods of delivery and scheduled training dates will be disrupted during this time, but we will put you in touch with the training provider who can discuss dates, delivery method and content.

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Course provider: Leeds City College
Location: Printworks Campus, Leeds City College
Start date:  Postponed, more information to follow
Course length: 3 days
Course description: The training session offered in this project will provide instruction and guidance on producing an engineered product from the planning and design stage through to completion.

Learners can take advantage of being able to use the college’s milling machines, lathe machines, fabrication and welding equipment.

Further to the practical training session, we will also look in detail at the different career opportunities that are available within engineering and how these can be accessed. The session will conclude with a presentation of the final product and a summary of the skills developed.

This course is primarily aimed at those currently in the engineering sector interested in gaining additional skills and progression and those interested in moving into the engineering sector.

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Course provider: Leeds Trinity University
Start date: Postponed – more information to follow
Course length: 5 weeks – part time on one Saturday and eight evenings.
Progression routes: This course can help you become a Production Secretary, Junior Production Co-Ordinator, Production Co-ordinator or Production Manager.
Course description: This course is designed for anyone and everyone. From a beginner with no TV experience to those wishing to re-enter the industry. The course will include lectures, workshops and exercises and is ideal for anyone with:

  • A flair for organisation
  • An eye for detail
  • A desire to work as part of a creative team

Taught by established TV professionals and endorsed by Screen Yorkshire, this course will outline all key aspects of the role you’ll perform to make sure a TV Production runs smoothly and successfully – from arranging transport and accommodation to keeping filming crews safe on location.

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If you would like to book onto this course, please express your interest and an adviser from Leeds Trinity University will be in touch soon to discuss your application.

If you have a question about [re]boot courses, please let us know using the below contact form.