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Learn new skills from home with free online learning platform

A new online learning platform has been launched by the Department of Education to help boost the nation’s workplace skills whilst in lockdown.

The free platform, better known as ‘The Skills Toolkit’, allows people to build on existing knowledge and gain confidence with new skills whilst staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Skills Toolkit gives people access to free digital and numeracy courses, tools and resources to develop their skills and boost their job prospects. The courses have been selected with the help of expects and leading employers to ensure they meet the needs of businesses both now and in the future. It is part of a long-term plan to boost employability, particular as the country faces recovery from the current COVID-19 situation.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson says:

“The high-quality and free to access courses on offer on our new online learning platform, The Skills Toolkit, will help those whose jobs have been affected by the outbreak, and people looking to boost their skills while they are staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.”

Who it’s for

Courses range from introductory level, where people can gain confidence being online, to intermediate and more advanced training. All courses can be completed at home at a convenient time and pace for each person and can help to develop both personal and business skills.

For those already serving, the courses can develop existing skills (alongside resources already provided by the Army) and help to get ahead online, gaining essential knowledge for working in the future. The courses can also be used to boost the skills of family and friends too.

With 82% of job vacancies now requiring digital skills, for those currently looking for employment (e.g. service leavers or veterans) or employees from any sector that have been furloughed, this free platform provides a great opportunity to boost your CV.

Course Examples

Learn for Everyday Life – a selection of lessons covering a variety of digital skills including improving your CV, dealing with online fraud and how to master video calling.

Make it Click – various tools and resources to help improve your knowledge of using email, Microsoft Office applications, social media and staying safe online.

Everyday Maths – a chance to refresh your maths skills to help with everyday life as well as your career. The course includes activities such as converting fractions to decimals, understanding percentages and understanding how to use tables and diagrams.

How to Create Great Online Content – designed to help you discover the importance of tone, style and format in your online communications and what makes them effective in different situations.

Digital Skills: Social Media (for business) – learn how to use social media to establish and improve your brand, create engaging content and identify your target audience. A course particularly useful for those looking into new careers or developing their entrepreneurial skills.

Lockdown has been a difficult time for many, but this opportunity allows us to develop our skill set and new talents alike. For more information and to find a course, click this link

The Royal Logistic Corps

321 EOD & Search Squadron of 11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC hosted a special guest, the Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Princess Royal, as part of its anniversary commemorating 50 years of operations in Northern Ireland. The Sqn was also joined by the Colonel RLC, Colonel Jon West ADC.

11 EOD & Search Regiment RLC is widely dispersed across 14 locations in the UK. The Regiment routinely responds to around 2,500 operational EOD and Search call-outs each year in support of the police and other major events.

As the sole EOD & Search capability in Northern Ireland, 321 Sqn have a significant workload, operating constantly at Extremely High Readiness and responding operationally several hundred times each year. Last year, the Sqn completed 271 EOD tasks and 64 Search tasks.

The Regiment and Squadron employ specialists from multiple cap badges, principally RLC, Royal Engineers and Royal Signals.

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The Corps’ vision for 2025 and beyond is bold:

‘A world-class, innovative and adaptable Corps, sustaining continuous activity at home and around the globe. All underpinned by a people-focussed ethos and the exploitation of data and cutting-edge technology.’

The RLC is a unique Corps in terms of size, diversity and experience. No-one can do what it does. But to achieve the Corps’ vision, the Corps’ methods, capabilities and required skills must change.

To achieve this, four objectives will address: People & Ethos, Exploiting Technology, External Integration and Communication and Influence. The RLC has a huge amount to offer the Nation. Please read the strategy, talk about it, be proud of it and share your ideas to help it to evolve.

To explain this further, The RLC’s Strategy on a page can be seen below.

The full strategy paper (less Annexes) can be found on Defence Connect using this link:

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The Royal Logistic Corps is with Commander The Queen's Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and 23 others.
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A new strategy for The Royal Logistic Corps

Defence is faced with an increasingly uncertain global and strategic outlook. Defence Support underpins this global activity, but maintaining today’s arrangements to support a force that will be
operating at greater reach and tempo is not an option – a transformation is required.

What is true for Defence Support is true for the Royal Logistic Corps. So the Corps can play its part, the Master General of Logistics, Lt Gen Sir Mark Poffley KCB OBE, has launched the Corps’ new strategy, which will enable The RLC to adjust to the needs of the Army, Defence and the Nation.

The full strategy paper (less Annexes) can be found on Defence Connect by following this link:

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