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8th Apr 2020

Now is the time to learn new skills


Found yourself with some free time, or simply looking to learn some new skills? Why not complete some online CPD training?


Now is the perfect time to upskill yourself and your CV and with a number of great free opportunities out there, what’s stopping you?


You only need to do a quick google search to find out that there are a number of online learning opportunities available in a number of different of areas, many of which are free, including ScotlandISs’ very own offering.


ScotlandIS are delighted to have teamed up with School of Marketing who offer world-class digital courses in marketing with a mission to inform, inspire and educate future marketing leaders, to bring you a Free Employability Skills course, that will cover key areas to upskill your Digital Marketing abilities.


The course covers 5 modules that can be studied for free at your own pace, topics include:


  • Developing an influencer marketing strategy
  • Developing Digital Marketing strategy
  • Power of creative story telling
  • Developing paid marketing and paid social campaigns
  • Marketing on Instagram


Once you have completed the course you will receive a CPD certificate and a Digital Badge.


Full details can be found here:


We have had a look around and tried to compile a list of useful courses that you might want to tackle over the coming weeks.  It is by no means exhaustive and we are sure there are many more opportunities out there, but hopefully this will provide a brief insight into the types of courses you could be completing. For ease we have tried to group them into categories:




The Datalab online learning -


The Datalab have a number of online learning opportunities some are free and some are not the full link to all of their offerings is above, but here are some that may be of interest:  


There's also quite a lot from coursera (again some paid for, some free):


An example of some of the free ones:  


You could also consider Kaggle which is a data science platform and has some free resources 


There are also a number of free online opportunities through Data Camp –


As well as organisations such as AWS who allow you to learn for free.!4422!3!429717489516!b!!g!!%2Bfree%20%2Baws%20%2Btraining&ef_id=EAIaIQobChMIubC9lJbW6AIVBLTtCh0-zg-PEAAYASAAEgJnd_D_BwE:G:s  




If it is Cyber Security courses you are interested in, again there are number of paid for and free courses available, below are some of the free options that are out there for you to consider:


Cybrary -


US Dept of Homeland Security -


Open Security Training -


Heimdal Security -


Sans Cyber Aces Online -


Oxford Home Study  -




Pluralsight is offering a Free subscription for April. No card required. They have over 7,000 courses available:

CompTIA is offering free courses on IT fundamentals. From 15th April, you can take CompTIA exams right from your home:

Future Learn -

Digital Marketing

If Digital Marketing is more your thing as well as the free course from ScotlandIS below is a number of other free courses that may be of interest to you:


Hubspot -


Canvas – whilst there are not always specific Digital Marketing courses, there are often courses that may be of interest to Digital Marketers, like this one for example -


Growth Academy from Wordstream -


ScotlandIS/School of Marketing -



If you are looking for something more general, coding amongst other things, here are some links to some of the other courses that are available online:


Digital Garage -


Code Academy -


Future learn –


Open learn – The Open University –






Khan Academy:


Again, this is just a snapshot of some of the fantastic online learning resources that are available, do you have a course you would like to share with us? Feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to add your course to the article above.



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