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If you have taken a break from work, or you are just not confident using a computer, then taking a course to improve your skills could be one of the best options to consider.
There are a huge range of courses from free online taster sessions to courses that lead to qualifications.
There are courses for all levels and many are flexible so you can learn when you want at your own pace. Use the National Careers Service to find a course to suit you.
ECDL is a qualification from the British Computer Society and is recognised internationally. It gives you the option to do the course in a learning centre, or at home in your own time. The course is made up of seven modules:
The Advanced ECDL course also covers
The course covers word processing, spreadsheets and databases, however it is completely flexible as you can take modules individually or combine them to work towards a qualification. CLAIT is a nationally recognised qualifications and is available at three levels:
Staff at UK online centres will offer guidance on anything from using a mouse and keyboard to shopping online. There is plenty of advice available, and can also be a good place to do a course as staff will be able to suggest which course may be suitable for you. Find your nearest online centre here.