COVID-19 restrictions have left most of us with a lot more time on our hands. Whether you’ve been temporarily stood down, had your hours reduced or are unable to attend your regular gym session, time is suddenly on our side. Of course, there are still homeschooling and caring responsibilities. Netflix is also tempting. However, this period also presents a unique opportunity to re-train or upskill, so you come out more employable on the other side.
21 Free Courses From TAFE NSW
TAFE NSW has released a series of fee-free short courses (limited to two per person). There are 21 courses available under the following categories:
- Administration Skills (Administration Skills for Team Leaders, Business Administration Skills)
- Digital Skills (eMarketing for Small Business, Engaging Customers Using Social Media, Computing Skills)
- Health and Medical Knowledge (Medical Administration Skills)
- Leadership (Team Leader Skill Set, Executive skills)
- Business Skills (Word Processing and Spreadsheets, Writing and Presentation Skills )
Courses run over a period of months with varying study hours required each week. Check the details and enrol on the TAFE NSW website.
Half-Price Online Uni Courses
Education Minister Dan Tehan recently announced a selection of half-price 6-month online courses to help people upskill and reskill. The available courses are limited to areas where a shortage of skilled workers has been identified.
Subject areas include:
- Allied health
- English, mathematics, science and foreign languages
- Information technology
- Medical science
These are short courses (diplomas or graduate certificates), so you won’t gain a full degree of qualification, but you will have a head start at half the price.
Courses will run from May to December with more details to be announced shortly. The government will fund half of the total course fee for the first 20,000 students and students can complete up to 4 units.
Udemy Free Resource Centre
Udemy’s mission is to improve lives through learning, whether it’s retraining for a new career or indulging your creative side. To help people through COVID-19, Udemy has put together a catalogue of 250 free online courses covering everything from website development to learning an instrument. Popular courses include:
- Code Your First Game
- Increase Your Influence
- Time Management
- Digital Printing
These may be challenging times, but it is also a rare chance to step back and take stock of where you are at in your career. Set your objectives and take advantage of online learning to achieve them.
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