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Why are IT skills important?
It's pretty clear that technology is getting more and more important and employers are increasingly looking for technology and IT skills when they are hiring.
Having some IT skills and qualifications on your CV could mean all the difference when you are applying for a job, so we've listed below a few ways you can boost your skills...
To begin with basic IT skills, Bracknell Forest Council provide basic courses which aim to introduce learners to IT for the first time: check out what courses are on offer here. On a basic course learners will become familiar with the key basics like using the mouse, keyboard, saving and printing documents.
Bracknell Forest Council also run Friday Open IT Sessions at the Bracknell Open Learning Centre. For more details check online here.
In Reading, Activia training centre runs courses in a number of IT areas, in particular the Microsoft package, where you can learn specific skills. These courses are quite pricey, but could be super impressive on your CV if you'd be using these skills in your career.
Finally, REED have lots of free and priced IT courses available online and in person - take a look!
Touch Typing Skills
Being able to touch type basically means being able to type without looking at the keyboard, using your muscle memory to identify the right key.
Touch typing can involve specific technique to maximise typing speed, but most young people are now likely to be able to touch type by habit from using keyboards all of the time!
Being able to touch type technically will help you in any job where you have to type a lot - especially for things like minute taking or data entry - as it can help save a lot of time.
Learning Touch Typing Online: (Sidenote: this would be better done on a full screen computer rather than a phone!)
- Typing Club - Learn touch typing for free with simple video tuition.
- Sense Lang - Use tutorials, games, and tests to learn touch typing.
- Typing Study - This site has lots of touch typing help with keyboard tutorials in lots of different languages.
- Typeonline - provides a free structured typing course.
- Typeracer - A resource for testing how quickly you can type!
Don't forget once you've learned to touch type properly, you can put your speed in wpm (Words Per Minute) on your CV if it's relevant to your role.
ECDL (European Computer Driving License)
The EDCL provide internationally recognised computer skills certifications and have a wide range of programmes from Computing Essentials to Advanced Spreadsheets.
Check out the ECDL website for more information on each programme and how it all works, here.
Other Useful Resources
- Learn ICT - provides links, resources, and information on the IT National Curriculum.
- Teach Computer Science - a GCSE Computer Sience Revision site: for use with OCR, AQA, and Edexcel.
- BBC Bitesize - has lots of resources for revising for GCSE IT.
- Cyber Aware - A website supported by the Home Office containing help with cyber security. There are useful free tools for you there, which will help you to protect your online security.