Gain knowledge and upskill for free during the lockdown with these online resources

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many people to stay at home in order to try and curb the crisis. While some people can work from home, many others are wondering how they’ll keep busy for the 21 days of the national lockdown.

With a number of companies choosing to make their resources available for free during this time, this is a great chance to learn new things. Check out these free online resources that’ll help you pass the time and upskill, wherever you are on your career journey.


As many workers and students are confined to their homes, Alison has put together a short list of courses that may be beneficial, including courses on Microsoft Excel, project management, and touch typing.


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The online learning platform is now offering free access to a number of its courses to students all over the world. Some of the courses on offer specifically touch on career development – something that is especially useful during this time.


Always wanted to learn how to code? While you have time to do so, empowering yourself with coding skills certainly won’t do any harm. is offering a plethora of tech, coding and IT courses for free. Regardless of whether you have any experience in this realm, freeCodeCamp can help to empower you with new skills that’ll come in handy, whatever industry you currently work in.

Digital Skills for Africa

Google’s Digital Skills for Africa project is now offering free courses centring around skills that will benefit anyone looking to further their career when the crisis subsides, including courses to help you build a strong online strategy, and improve your interview skills and time management.

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