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Digital Skills in Employment

Ideal for anyone wishing to improve their digital skills.

Across  all sectors of employment in Europe, it has been found that at least  80% of managers and professionals require basic digital abilities to  carry out their roles. In larger workplaces, as many as 50% must possess  specialist digital skills. Whether wishing to improve your skills in  order to improve your employability prospects, or requiring an awareness  of digital skills in order to find job opportunities, these statistics  demonstrate just how vital digital skills are in today’s society.

This  course will equip learners with an understanding and knowledge of the  digital skills needed to search and apply for employment, including an  awareness of finding and managing relevant and good quality information,  and the importance of online identities. Learners will also look at the  importance of digital skills in the workplace itself, considering how  to communicate effectively using technology and how to protect data and  devices, amongst other organisational policies and procedures.

Course content

This course is split into five manageable units:

Unit 1: Developing digital career skills

In  this unit, learners will explore a range of digital skills, their  relevance and how to improve their own digital skills. Learners will  also look at social media and the internet in relation to employment  opportunities, what forms an online identity, and how to use digital  skills in career progression.

Unit 2: Management of information

Learners  will be asked to look at how to gather reliable information using  different techniques, as well as copyright regulations and what happens  when these are breached. They will also be asked to explore different  storage methods for data management and why these are in place, plus the  benefits and limitations of these methods.

Unit 3: Digital device safety awareness

Learners  will learn about types of threats to data and how to protect it, as  well as considering data protection legislation. They will also be asked  to look at health and safety legislation regarding the use of digital  equipment and how the risks can be reduced.

Unit 4: Communication and productivity

In  this unit, learners will learn how to communicate effectively using a  range of technology, including email, online meeting and collaboration  tools, and digital networks. They will also be asked to understand the  advantages and disadvantages of these methods and look at safety issues  and support related to social media.

Unit 5: Digital security

In  this unit, learners will be able to identify a range of security  threats and system protection methods, as well as exploring current  legislation around system and data protection and organisational  policies and procedures relating to this.