Free and low cost training to boost your skills and your CV

If you have some free time and want to improve your skills, why not do some online training courses.

You can identify the skills or knowledge that you will need in a future job or career by reading job descriptions and person specifications.

Internal resources for University of Manchester Students

External resources

  • Generation UK Free training courses (many leading to certification)and support to get into employment. Courses may have age restrictions.
  • Want to learn a new skill while at home? Find free, high quality digital and numeracy courses in The Skills Toolkit.
  • Online learning: how to acquire new skills during lockdown The Guardian.
  • Future Learn Have a wide range of free courses available from Marketing Analytics and Project Management to Digital Skills for the Workplace.
  • The open University Have a diverse range of free courses covering subjects including languages, psychology, innovation, management, and law.
  • edX has free online courses from MIT, Harvard and more
  • ICAEW university student scheme Students can join for £25 and get access to study materials throughout their degree to work toward a certificate. You don’t have to take the certificate if you don’t want to but could learn a lot from the online study. Especially useful for students interested in business/finance.
  • Consulting Mastered have offered their resources free for any students interested in management consulting careers
  • Harvard are offering 60 courses for free online on many different topics, e.g. data science.
  • Coursera.org - some free online courses are available, please note there may be a charge for courses as well.
  • Google Digital Garage Online courses and webinars.
  • Free online journalism workshops from News Associates