Posted on: 28 April 2020

Using online tools for Continued Professional Development

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, many businesses have to close to prevent the spread of the virus, and many workers had to go on furloughed leave.

Whilst away from work, there isn’t much to do as the government has implemented strict social distancing, so instead of watching TV series or spending time on a phone, why not use this time to learn something new online?

The internet is packed full of online training courses in a huge variety of subjects, so why not use some of your coronavirus downtime to get online to learn some new skills?

Where to find online courses

If you are wanting to learn something new, you will need to know where to start looking for the course that you want. You could simply type “online courses” into Google, but you may be overwhelmed at the number of options available, so take a look at some of our suggestions below.


Reed is a well-known job search website, but they also have a feature to help you find online courses.

Courses on Reed can either be free or paid for, which you can choose by adding filters to your search.

At the time of writing, there are over 35,000 options to choose from subjects such as IT, business, marketing, personal development, manufacturing, energy and many more.

Your local college

Most colleges around the country will offer short, distance learning courses that you will be able to complete whilst you have spare time at home.

It is likely that your local college will have a website that allows you to search through their courses and find something that will suit your situation. You may have to do an interview which will most likely be conducted over the phone or by video chat.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning has a huge collection of online learning resources .

From YouTube Marketing to mental health awareness courses, LinkedIn Learning boasts over 5,000 courses with the ability to customise the type of learning that you want.

However, LinkedIn Learning comes at a cost, so you will have to decide whether or not you want the financial outgoing at a time when your business may be having a period of low income.

The Open University

If you’re looking for a more substantial course that offers qualifications such as a Certificate, a Diploma, or even Honours or Masters degrees, you could consider taking an Open University course.

Some of these courses typically take a minimum of a year to complete but the Open University estimate that a Masters degree can take up to 8 years. This type of qualification is something that you will need to take seriously, so you might want to consider whether or not you can dedicate enough time to complete the course once the government allows businesses to open again.

The Open University also runs a range of free courses in subjects such as business, money, science, maths, society and law.

Business support from Premierline

To help you and your business during these unprecedented circumstances, Premierline has taken steps to ensure that we can continue to offer our award-winning service.

All Premierline employees are now working from home, but our teams are well equipped to be able to answer your questions and help to support your business whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues. We have published answers to many frequently asked questions and our contact details on our customer information page.

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