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Upskilling Opportunities

To set yourself apart from other candidates during the application process, and to focus on your own personal development, online learning courses can be a great place to start.

Think about areas you want to improve in and what courses would benefit your professional development. There are a range of free and paid courses available.

See below some top-rated examples of excellent learning tools and how to access them.

Alison offers a wide range of free diplomas and certificates, plus a CV builder tool.


The site also features a personality assessment tool, which takes some time to complete but it is worth the investment. Upon completion, the site will recommend courses to boost your top strengths and improve in areas that need work.


Knowing where to focus your upskilling will help streamline your professional development  and ensure that you focus on courses which are relevant to your career goals.

4,000+ online courses

30+ million learners

6+ million graduates

Available in 195 countries

Rated Excellent on Trustpilot

Udemy offers paid courses delivered by over 75,000 instructors.

Plans are available starting from £15.99 per course.


Their business plans already support over 15,000 enterprise companies with the professional development of their staff. With over 25,000 of the top courses available through this plan, it is perfect for companies that want to promote self-development.

210,000+ online courses

67+ million learners

900m+ course enrolments

Available in 75 languages

Rated Excellent on Trustpilot

Adams Academy provides access to thousands of free courses and accredited certificates.


They also offer business solutions such as their Free Learning Management System (FLMS) and API integration. Their business plans can be tailored to the needs of each company, as managers can select and assign relevant content to help upskill staff. Managers can also track progress and results for courses completed by their team.

1,000s of free online courses

Gain accredited certificates

Award-winning exclusives

Learn on your mobile phone

Rated Excellent on Trustpilot

ICS Learn offers award-winning professional qualifications with a price match guarantee.


ICS Learn is Trustpilot’s top-rated AAT centre (for bookkeeping and accountancy) with over 9,000 reviews. They also provide qualifications with other prestigious awarding bodies including:

  • AQA and Edexcel GCSEs and A Levels

  • CIPD for human resources / learning and development

  • CMI for leadership and management

  • LIBF for banking and finance

  • CIM for marketing

  • PRINCE2 for project management

21,000 current students

Prestigious awarding bodies

130 years of experience

Available in 100+ countries

Rated Excellent on Trustpilot

Coursera grants access to a wide range of free courses, professional certificates,

and degrees from over 300 leading universities and businesses.


Coursera works with over 100 nonprofit and community partners to provide free education to underserved communities around the world, including refugees, veterans, people who are impacted by the criminal justice system, and underserved school-aged children.

From guided projects (1 - 2 hours of committment) to degree programs with leading universities (2 - 4 years of commitment), there is something for everyone. You can even save money with a Coursera Plus subscription which offers unlimited access to over 7,000 courses, guided projects, specialisations, and professional certificates. Their popular courses include Google certifications and professional AI courses. Additional costs apply for MasterTrack® and Degree progams.

Hands-on projects and courses

124+ million users

MasterTrack® programs

Trusted by 3,800+ businesses

Earn a bachelors degree

FutureLearn offers flexible learning around your career goals, from short courses to degrees.


FutureLearn provides opportunities to learn with world-class institutions and educations such as the Open University, CIPD, and NHS Health Education England. They offer a variety of short courses, microcredentials, ExpertTracks, and degrees across a wide range of industries.

1,000+ short courses

Prestigious awarding bodies

Discounted unlimited access

260+ world-class educators

Rated Excellent on Trustpilot

Upskillist offers a range of accredited courses and resources, accessible any time.

Gain real-world skills and accrediated certificatations for subjects including Coding and Technology, Interior Design, Project Management, and so much more.


After their rebranding from Shaw Academy to Upskillist in 2021, they also introduced their Enterprise platform which supports SMEs looking to upskill their staff.

80+ courses to learn

Gain accredited qualifications

Flexible study times

Excellent customer support

Earn eCertificates

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