DSS helped me boost my confidence to return to work after a time gap. I learned some new skills and enhanced others. I now feel ready to take on the next challenge in the digital world.
Alex Shahnaz Shampan
Women in I.T. student

> Essential digital skills

Get the skills you need to get the job you want
Your roadmap to a higher salary through essential digital skills.

Do you want to keep in touch with your loved ones abroad? Do you want to help your kids with homework or do online banking? If you wish to take advantage of technology to simplify your life, this is for you. 

• FREE training

• Get an accredited qualification in Microsoft Office User Specialist

• From Intermediate onwards, you can access Mi-Crow and Microsoft Imagine Academy for independent online learning with tutor support



Absolute Beginners

• Learn how to use simple digital devices.

• Learn how to shop online, upload pictures, and use social media.

This is the first step towards your digital future.


• Begin your e-safety journey to keep safe online.

• You will master how to find and share information, including Outlook and emails.

• You will create documents on Microsoft Word (editing, formatting, and more)!


• Become competent in Microsoft Excel, and get better at Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

• Have fun designing graphics and adding images to your documents.


• Learn to use different sources to create digital files, data modelling, web development, and more! 

Share information and documents with a variety of tools.

• At this point, you will be a pro at using the Microsoft Package.

> Who is this for 

Learn the crucial IT and employability skills required to succeed and stand out in the professional working world.  

Designed for women. With flexibility for childcare and any other needs you may have. 

Take part and learn core IT skills, essential employability job-seeking strategies and navigate online services.  

Programmes specifically designed for individuals aged 50+. 

We have a wide range of options available for your needs.

Apply and we will find the right path for you. 

> Progression

Choose your own path

After you've mastered the essential digital skills, you have plenty of options to grow further -->

Start your career

Go back to work

Get promoted

Get into apprenticeships

Gain a level 3 or higher qualification

> Apply

> Meet the trainers

Jason Davis

Functional Skills Trainer

Jason has extensive experience in teaching a wide range of professional subjects, including functional skills, team leadership, business admin and customer service. Before joining DSS in 2019, he worked in some of the most prestigious institutes such as City & Guilds, the UK's leading awarding organisation for work-based qualifications.

Martin Hamilton


Martin is passionate and committed to making a difference in people's lives. At DSS, he can do precisely that. He positively influences individuals, equipping them with the mindset and skills needed to succeed within the workplace.

Bobby Vilaisak

IT Technical Trainer

Bobby is a Computer Science graduate with a PGCE in ICT from King's College London and over 10 years of experience in education, both nationally and abroad. He joined DSS in 2018, delivering IT Infrastructure and Business Analysis. Always up to date with the latest technology developments, Bobby is a superb trainer, bringing the best out of his students at all times.

> Coming soon 

Evening provision 

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