Applications flood in for free digital courses at Milton Keynes College

Almost 400 businesses sign-up in just six weeks for government funded scheme

Monday, 20th December 2021, 12:44 pm
Updated Monday, 20th December 2021, 12:46 pm

A series of free digital courses on offer at the South Central Institute of Technology (SCIoT) in Bletchley are proving popular with local businesses, with almost 400 sign-ups in just six weeks.

In all 1,200 Microsoft Fundamentals Accredited courses are being funded by a government grant but staff warn they’re going so quickly that companies need to get applications in as soon as possible

Katie Cudmore, a Digital Coach and Curriculum Developer at the SCIoT, said: “We’ve had applications from some of the biggest companies in the area right down to some of the smallest. These courses would normally cost up to £1,000 a time so smart businesses are grabbing this free opportunity with both hands. The terms of the funding mean we have to complete all 1,200 by the end of March so there’s not a lot of time for people to get involved.

Milton Keynes College is offering free digital courses

“The most popular are definitely the Cloud Computing Azure Fundamentals and Dynamics 365, which covers Customer Relationship Management and Enterprise Resource Planning applications.

"The great thing is that all the courses lead to globally recognised Microsoft qualifications. When we were awarded the money from the government’s In Work Skills Programme we had no idea how popular they would be. I think one of the most attractive things about the scheme is that nobody has to come onto campus as everything’s online. Each course is thirty hours of study but people can fit that in at a time to suit themselves, and they get a personal mentor or tutor to help them along the way.”

Anyone can apply so long as they’re at least 19 years old and in work. Even the exams are carried out remotely so the system is entirely flexible.

“Everyone’s heard about the skills gap in tech which this area is suffering from even more than many other parts of the country,” added Kate. This is a golden opportunity for companies to get their staff brought right up-to-date with those particular skills which are most in demand.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about In Work skills courses at the SCIoT should look online here