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About Create Digital Skills

At Create Digital Skills we recognise that people are being left behind in an increasingly digital world and we are passionate about helping people get the opportunity to keep up with fast-moving technology.

As a social enterprise our objectives are all about inclusion and opportunity. Digital technology is changing at a rapid pace, and the ability to use it should be part of everyone’s future. Digital skills today are essential – as important as literacy and numeracy.

Keeping up means people have to learn new skills.

Basic services are moving online and without the right knowledge, people can miss out. The financial benefit to a new user has been estimated between £800 and £1000 per year.

- 90% of jobs are now advertised online
- Banking and utilities services operate online
- Benefits, tax and pensions services are all online

We have developed courses to meet individual needs to get as many people online and working with technology as possible. Read their testimonies here to find out how our training has helped.


Skill for Beginners...

Use IT

Even if you’ve never switched a computer on before, this course will show you the basics (and more) because it’s designed for beginners. Our trainers will adapt the programme according to your level of ability and help you get connected.

Learn the essential skills you need to gain your confidence and get the benefits of joining the digital world. Classes are small and relaxed.


- Computer Basics: Keyboard, mouse, desktop, files and folders.
- Email: set up email, write/send an email, attach a CV.
- Internet: search for jobs, apply for jobs, use Find a Job website, complete and submit online application forms.
- CVs: how to store and access your CV, how to make changes to CVs.
- Microsoft Office: Basic Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Skills for Work...

We offer a menu of different courses to help you get the digital skills that employers are looking for.

Use IT Plus

If you’re trying to get a job but need to update your skills, this is the course for you.

Use IT Plus is run in tandem with Use IT and offers intermediate learning in Microsoft Office packages tailored to suit individual needs.

The programme covers:

- Word
- Excel
- Powerpoint
- Technical fundamentals

Use IT Plus will give you confidence in the workplace. It’s the perfect preparation for the more advanced Microsoft Certificate.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification

The next step up from Use IT Plus, and also run in tandem with the Use IT Programme, we also offer an advanced Microsoft Office course which provides advanced Microsoft certification in:

- Word
- Excel
- Powerpoint

Learners need to have access to a PC or laptop at home and are required to download software to run the learning materials. There is an exam element to this course which takes place at Create Digital Skills headquarters at Castlebrae Business Centre.

Learning materials are all available to download at

Skills for Life...

Digital Skills for Everyone

At Create Digital Skills we believe that everyone can benefit from being online. Public services including health and social care, benefits and taxes are all on the internet. We want to help everyone be part of the future of digital technology, whether it’s access to services or saving money on goods with online shopping or banking.

We work with housing associations in Edinburgh to support their tenants to get access to the internet. This support is tailored to their needs, delivered on a 1-1 basis and uses tablets to make learning as accessible as possible.

Age should not be a barrier to reaping the benefits of digital access. For example services for health and social care, which affect older people to a large extent, are increasingly going online. New-found IT confidence can also be a real lifeline for older people, by allowing them to stay in close touch with friends and family via Skype or Facetime, for example, or by using social media. If mobility is an issue, the convenience of online shopping can be both helpful and practical. Importantly, the ability to get online helps older people stay connected to be active members of their community.

That’s why we have devised a course specifically for older people and work with housing associations such as Dunedin Canmore and their tenants providing support either 1:1 or in small groups offering an introduction to the internet using tablet technology.

We want everyone to become part of the digital revolution!

You can find training materials (Home Computing) at


Classes are located across Edinburgh at 14 different venues. Please see here to find the nearest venue.


Classes run on a rolling basis for half a day per week for up to 8 weeks.


You can gain an attendance or achievement certificate awarded by Create Digital Skills or a Microsoft Basic Digital Literacy Certificate.


Free to unemployed people or those working less than 16 hours or housing association tenants.

Learning materials are all available to download

How To Book A Course

All our courses run on a rolling basis, so you can start at any point at any one of our 14 locations.

Most of our learners are referred to us by their Employability Advisor or through their housing association.

Call: 0131 661 8888 | Email:
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Days and Times
Tuesday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday 1:30pm - 4:00pm
55 Sighthill Road, Sighthill
EH11 4PB

South West 
Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 661 8888
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This record was last modified on: 04 July 2019