Level 2 Certificate in Principles for Digital Skills in Employment

With Total People
8 – 12 weeks


Across all sectors of employment in Europe, studies have shown that at least 80% of managers and professionals require basic digital abilities to carry out their roles. In larger workplaces, as many as 50% must possess specialist digital skills. These statistics demonstrate just how vital digital skills are in today’s society, and this course aims to develop the practical knowledge of digital skills for employment.

Learners will be equipped with an understanding and knowledge of the digital skills and resources needed to search and apply for employment, including an awareness of finding and managing relevant and good quality information, as well as the importance of online identities.

Learners will also explore the importance of digital skills in the workplace itself, considering how to communicate effectively using technology and how to protect data and devices, alongside other organisational policies and procedures.

Course details

This course consist of five manageable units:

  • Unit 1: Developing digital career skills
  • Unit 2: Management of information
  • Unit 3: Digital device safety awareness
  • Unit 4: Communication and productivity
  • Unit 5: Digital security

Course format

This is an online course studied via distance learning. To complete this course, learners will need access to a computer and a basic level of IT knowledge.

Studying via distance learning means learners can choose when and where they study. A dedicated Learner Support Advisor provides support to learners throughout the course.

Who is suitable?

This qualification is aimed at anyone who is aged 19 years or over and either in employment or searching for employment. It is particularly suitable for those who wish to develop their digital skills in relation to the management of information and digital safety, security and communication. Anyone with a basic understanding of IT skills who is searching for career progression, or wishing to improve their digital skills for their own personal use, would benefit from the course.

Full or partial funding for this course is dependent upon age, employment status and level of income. Learners must meet one or more eligibility criteria that includes:

  • Anyone aged 19 years or over
  • Living in Greater Manchester or in a Non-Devolved Authority region of England
  • Not already holding a Level 2 qualification
  • In employment but earning less than £17,500 annually
  • Currently unemployed
  • Recently been made redundant

Register interest

This course is supported by funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Devolved Adult Education Budget project.