Free Digital Training

Are you a local business in the County Durham area and want to take things to the next level? With East Durham College's FREE digital training courses, you can make it happen!

Everyone wants their business to grow. In modern times, it's all about upgrading your digital presence, and ensuring you're putting your business in front of all of the right people.

EDC's FREE digital training can help you upgrade your skills, the skills of your staff and really help grow your business.

Whether you want to grow your following on social media and want the skills to do so, or just want IT training for yourself or staff in your organisation, EDC can help!

There's no catch here - provided you're in living in the County Durham area, we're able to offer digital training for you completely FREE* of charge.

We currently offer the following digital training:

  • Digital Skills Awareness
  • Email (Level 1 and Level 2)
  • Microsoft Training Packages - including Word, Excel a
  • Entry 3 to Level 1 Essential Digital Skills Qualification
  • Level 1 to Level 3 in Microsoft Word
  • Level 1 to Level 3 in Microsoft Presentation Graphics
  • Level 1 to Level 3 in Microsoft Excel
  • Level 1 to Level 2 in Microsoft Outlook
  • Level 4 Advanced Spreadsheets
  • Using Excel and a Project Management Tool
  • Office 365
  • Google Services
  • Level 2 Award in Digital Skills for Business Promotion
  • Level 2 keep yourself and other safe using digital devices
  • Level 2 Cyber Security
  • Digital Skills Awareness

These courses are ideal for both businesses large and small, whether you want to upskill yourself, or your staff.

Are These Courses Really Free*?

Yes! These courses are all completely free of charge, provided you're in the County Durham area.

If you've got any concerns about your eligibility, simply contact us using the details below and we'll look into it.

This project is delivered in association with the European Social Fund.

Learner Feedback - L2 Award for Digital Promotion In Business

I am going to miss our Wednesday mornings! It has been an absolute pleasure to sit in your lessons and to interact with the other two members has been one of my most pleasurable experiences in my business life.

- Catherine Hodgson

Free* Nationally-Recognised IT Qualifications at EDC's Facilitated Learning Centre

Attend weekly learning sessions to achieve City and Guilds IT qualifications from level 1 to level 3 at East Durham College's Peterlee campus!

There are three options available: Spreadsheets, Word Processing and Presentation Graphics (up to 3 units depending on the course level).

*depending on eligibility

Course Details

Level 1 – 12 Weeks Total (6 Weeks per Unit)

2 x Units – Choose from Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentation Graphics

Level 2 – 16 Weeks Total (8 Weeks per Unit)

2 x Units - Choose from Word Processing, Presentation Graphics and Spreadsheets

Level 3 - 24 Weeks Total (12 Weeks per Unit)

2 x Units (register on 1 then option to do second) – Choose from Word, Spreadsheets and Presentation Graphics


3 x 3-hour sessions per week available all year (will close at 6 during college holidays)

• Tuesday 5-7

• Wednesday 9-12

• Thursday – 2-5


Learners to attend at least 1 session per week and always have a future session booked in.

This is first come, first serve basis based on the amount of PC’s in classroom.

Resources and Assessments

Learners to work through their own workbooks using the classroom PC’s with tutors facilitating all levels, all subjects at all stages of the course.

Assessments will be taken in sessions.

Tutor’s will conduct regular progress reviews to keep you on track for your planned end date.

Additional Benefits (for duration of course)

• Free use of Impact Health & Fitness, the college’s gym

• Free Arriva bus pass

• Entitled to apply for TOTUM NUS discount card

• Free subscription to Microsoft Office 365

Contact: to check eligibility or find out more information.

Get in Touch

Interested in learning more? Fill in the web form below to get started!




Phone: 0191 518 8223

*This offer is FREE for businesses in the County Durham area. Please contact us directly to check your eligibility.

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