What are digital skills?
‘Digital skills’ can mean different things. UNESCO offer a broad definition:
A range of abilities to use digital devices, communication applications and networks to access and manage information. Digital skills enable people to create and share content, communicate and collaborate, and solve problems for effective and creative self-fulfillment in life, learning, work, and social activities at large.
Basic digital skills
Basic digital skills allow you to make fundamental use of digital devices and online applications. Alongside reading, writing, and numeracy, they’re seen as crucial in the digital era – so you can do such things as open a PC and browse the web, shop and stay safe online or create and save a Microsoft Word document.
Advanced digital skills
Advanced digital skills can empower you to harness technologies and utilise your knowledge in many transformative ways – such as building a brand on social channels, video editing for TV/movies or coding for websites, apps and other software.
Low and no-cost software options
There’s no getting around it, industry-standard graphic design software is expensive. This can discourage or even exclude those on limited income from learning new skills.
School or college students may not be able to afford to pay for software outside of a digital skills training course. Adult education may provide such tools onsite but learners won’t have the software at home.
Adobe dictate the pace in this market with their Creative Cloud Portal. It encompasses a truly amazing suite of graphic, web, video and other digital design software, 1000s of fonts, interactive communities, stock photography, video channels and much more.
Fortunately, in this connected world there are low or no-cost options which, if not replicate, get near to the experience of learning Adobe software – the skills learned are easily transferrable to apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
Leaving no one behind
We’re committed to ensuring nobody is excluded due to low income, so all our courses offer a choice between Adobe software or our free alternative. We can discuss these options before you book to make sure you or your group can continue learning. If you have specific software or apps installed at your organisation, please let us know and we’ll plan around these.
Digital Skills Training Courses
‘Work in a design agency’ role-play
creating a startup, branding a new company
Adobe Illustrator CC Training
design a video game box, logo design
Adobe InDesign CC Training
book design, magazine layouts
Adobe Photoshop CC Training
t-shirt design, photo editing, ux design
Essential Digital Skills Training
sending emails, staying safe online
Graphic design course
Adobe Creative Cloud, smart layers
Website Design Training [basic]
blog, small business website
Website Design Training [intermediate]
online shop, custom fields, CSS