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Within the next two decades, 90% of jobs will require some level of digital proficiency, while the shortage of technical skills continues to grow. However, while there's a growing need for digital skills, our own research and experience has highlighted an increasing cloud skills gap.

To ensure everyone in the UK can upskill and reskill, Microsoft is committed to offering digital skills courses from basic digital literacy through to advanced cloud technology skills.


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Understand the basics of computing

These courses will help with your digital literacy, so you can begin computing with confidence. We'll give you some practical tips, so you can stay safe online, increase your productivity, and use technology to complement your lifestyle.

Module 1 - Computer basics

Computing is an important part of everyday life in the twenty-first century. From music and photos to banking and communicating, computers have changed the way we work and live. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of computing, explains the components of a computer, explores operating system basics, and shows you how to use a mouse and a keyboard.

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Module 2 - Office 365

Understand the fundamentals of Office 365 and how you can use it to be more productive. We'll share some practical tips that you can use to take your work to the next level. We'll show you how to create and format Office files, best practices for document collaboration and how you can access your files from anywhere.

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Module 3 - Word

In this course we'll show you how Word can bring your ideas to life with collaboration, editing tools and design. We'll show you some practical tips to help you share documents, create mailing lists and use design templates to format your work.

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Module 4 - Excel

Excel makes it easy to crunch numbers. In this course we'll show you how to use Excel to identify trends in data and understand the story behind the numbers. We'll share some practical tips around formatting your data, using formulas and collaborating with others, all whilst keeping your data secure.

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Module 5 - Outlook

Outlook is more than just email. In this course, we'll show you how to automatically organise your inbox, so you can focus on what matters most. We'll share some practical tips to share files, so recipients always have the latest version, and best practices for managing your calendar so you can schedule meetings with ease.

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Module 6 - PowerPoint

In this course we'll help you bring your story to life with PowerPoint, whether you're creating a presentation from scratch or using an existing design template. We'll show you how to add engaging content to your presentation, how to design like a professional and best practices for collaborating on documents with your team.

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Develop your cloud skills

Understand how technology can help you

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Business Leader

We'll help you understand the fundamentals of the cloud, what is means for your role and how to begin the transition. If you're responsible for productivity and transformation, then you'll find this particularly useful. No IT or technical knowledge is required.

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IT Professional

Whether you're beginning your journey to the cloud already, or if you have experience with on-premise technology and are looking to skill up on the cloud, this course is a great way to get started and learn the essentials of Azure.

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Charity Leader

Technology uncovers lots of exciting opportunities for charities to accelerate their impact. To achieve your mission, it's essential to have a basic understanding of technology, and to embed digital in your strategic planning.

Courses coming in January

Public Sector Leader

Technology uncovers lots of exciting opportunities for Public Sector organisations to accelerate their impact. To achieve digital transformation, it's essential to grow your understanding of technology, and how to embed digital in your strategic planning.

Courses coming in January


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The Microsoft Professional Programme

The Microsoft Professional Programme was created to help people gain technical skills and get real-world experience through a series of online Microsoft courses that feature hands-on labs and expert instructors. Learning these skills - and proving you have them - could put you on the path to a rewarding career.

These courses are all available on-demand, so you can work on these skills at your own pace. Once you've completed the final project, you'll earn an accreditation to showcase your skills to prospective employers.

Data Science

Opportunities for data scientists are rapidly growing in response to the vast amounts of data being captured and analysed. Companies hire data scientists to find insights and to solve meaningful business problems.

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Big Data

Data is being collected at ever increasing rates and is on its way to becoming the currency of the next generation of business. This is making it critical for companies to find people who can design the systems that capture, process and analyse data to create competitive advantage.

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Front-End Web Development

The code for every website and web application was written by a front-end web developer. Fluent in languages, standards, libraries, and frameworks from HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, to Angular, Bootstrap, and jQuery, these experts are essential for creating and maintaining websites.

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