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Skills Toolkit launches to help furloughed employees.

Furloughed workers are to be given government backed lessons in “how to present yourself on line” and “everyday maths”.   Free lessons in how to code, how to use social media and how to master video calling will also be featured as part of “The Skills Toolkit” which Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, is launching today (28/4)

Aimed at improving the nations skills at a time when many people are out of work, the online courses have been designed by Leeds University, The Open University and the Institute of Coding.  Ministers hope that the online course will improve people’s employability as well as boost their confidence and help with their mental health.

“These skills are highly valued by employers and sought after in a wide range of jobs” the Department of Education stated.  “With more people expected to be working and studying remotely in the coming months, the platform offers a great opportunity to learn new skills to help to get ahead on line and gain the knowledge we’ll all need in the future”.

Mr Williamson urged businesses to encourage their furloughed employees use the “Skills Toolkit” to “improve their knowledge and build their confidence and support their mental health”.                           Source:  Government guidance)