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Tuesday, 21st April 2020

Lockdown the ideal time to learn a new skill

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Ever wish you had the time to learn a new skill, whether for work or a hobby? Well, now you have the time!

Online learning has never been so much in focus nor so available and, for the duration of the Covid-19 lockdown at least, many organisations and providers are giving free access to their digital archives or resources (seehttps://covid19.shanehastings.eu/giveback/

Anyone that is unemployed or underemployed should consider online learning as a way of adding something to your CV or beginning a new CV.

Courses come in many shapes and sizes and while they cannot meet you in person at the moment, Louth Adult Education Guidance and Information Service (LAEGIS) is available by telephone and via email to inform, advise and guide you in your optimum course choice or pathway. 

The resources listed below offer (in the majority of cases) free online tuition.  Broadband access and IT equipment will be required as will designated study time and self-discipline. Courses will vary in duration and most importantly, that unique selling point of the online resource, can be accessed at any time. 

Just like in the classroom, online courses can be accredited or non-accredited.

Hobby courses remain just that. However, accreditation has become the norm in the education and professional domains, whether via software creators such as Microsoft Inc, Adobe; CompTIA in the area of cyber security, the Project Management Institute or in the traditional education sector, QQI (Quality Qualifications Ireland) and City & Guilds. 

Resources

https://www.ecollege.ie/

https:/futurelearn/www.classcentral.com 

https://www.futurelearn.com

LAEGIS is there to help you personally navigate the many options available and to assist in making an application. Employers, who are SMEs, can avail of the Skills to Advance programme for categories of employees and again they are there to help. 

Contact Stephanie or Ann at laegis@lmetb.ie or telephone/text 087 2300 195.

There is no cost to avail of the Louth Adult Education Guidance and Information Service, which is part of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board.

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