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eLearning - podcasts, webinars and conference recordings

Are you keen to brush up your knowledge and skills, or acquire new ones, but can't spare a full day out of the office, or simply don't have the budget?

computer mouseYou can learn without leaving your seat, with our series of bitesized webinars or conference recordings, designed to fit your learning into an increasingly busy work life.

This innovative approach enables you to learn at a convenient time and location, and covers a range of subject matters, including:

  • careers advice podcasts: selling your skills and strengths; how to write an effective CV; preparing for interview, personal transition - Change and You. Coming soon tools and tips for those considering self employment.
  • health and wellbeing podcasts:
    • looking after your stress - these podcasts aim to help you manage your own stress levels, and bring a personal perspective for you to reflect upon.
    • body and workplace mapping - a technique that enables people to investigate risks to ill health at work. Our podcasts will help raise members' awareness of the signs and symptoms of stress, and will help reps to get stress discussed on the workplace agenda.

Free online learning opportunities

Set out below are a number of websites which offer free online resources.

Please note: Prospect does not endorse or promote any related products or services.

Continuing Professional Development

  • ALISON: free interactive multimedia certification/standards-based online courses (charges apply for associated accreditation).
  • BBC Learning: a wealth of free materials and courses on a wide range of subjects.
  • Tunes U: more than 350,000 free lectures, videos, films, and other resources from all over the world.
  • Open Culture: free online courses from top universities.
  • Open Learn: free access to learning materials from The Open University.
  • Open Yale Courses: provides free and open access to introductory courses taught by teachers and scholars at Yale University.
  • Videojug: expert advice with over 60,000 professionally-produced 'how to' videos and guides.
  • You Tube Education: a wide range of educational videos from around the world.

Computers and I.T.

  • BBC First Click: course materials and tutor packs to assist people with getting on line. Materials use other subjects such as family history, cookery and money management to make IT skills relevant to a wide range of people.
  • Digital Unite: a wealth of IT-related 'How to' online guides.
  • GCF good quality tutorials and videos for MS Office (2000 - 2010), Open Office and more.
  • Mouse Training: free downloadable MS Office courses.


  • BBC Languages: a range of free courses from the BBC.
  • British Sign: British Sign Language resources, including a low cost certificated course.
  • Free Language: documents and categorised resources for learning and teaching languages. Most are free but a few are commercial; also contains podcasts.
  • LiveMocha: the world's largest on line language learning community


History In Focus: an Institute of Historical Research website that offers history resources for learning and teaching arranged around themes

History Today: an archive of articles covering all a wide range of historical subjects

My Time Machine, The Gateway to UK History Online: lots of information to help with your history research, including eyewitness accounts, research guides, archives and history groups, history blogs, timelines, historic documents, text books and maps

The Historical Association: a national charity supporting the study and enjoyment of history

Arts & Crafts


Bob Davies: video tutorials in painting with watercolours

Sycra: a range of drawing tutorials covering a wide range of techniques

Tate Online: find out more about Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, take online courses, virtual tours, performance art, interviews and more

Wilson Bickford's Channel: video tutorials on oil painting

Creative Writing

The British Library: offers an exciting programme of workshops, activities and resources for teachers and learners of all ages. Explore a wealth of source material online or plan a visit

The Crafty Writer's Creative Writing Course: a free creative writing course

Writing What You Know and Start Writing Fiction: Open Learn courses to help improve descriptive writing


Betty Crocker: lots of recipes and 'how to' videos from a quick snack, planning a dinner party or decorating a cake

Good Food Channel: a huge archive of video tutorials, recipes from famous chefs and lots more


Get Piano a fun and easy way to begin learning the piano

Next Level Guitar: over 785 online guitar lessons available free. Free e-book. Instruction DVD and membership available for a charge

Sold On Song: BBC guide to song writing and the music business


Digital Photography School: an enthusiast's website aimed at new to semi-experienced digital camera users Camera skills, digital darkroom, technical guides and resources

Skills for Life

BBC Skillswise: factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help improve your English and Maths

Move On: developing your skills in English and Maths

Maths4Us: tips, tricks, workshops and resources to encourage people to tackle numeracy and have fun with maths

Using over 250 free English language quizzes covering grammar, usage and vocabulary for beginner, intermediate and advanced level English students

Not found what you're looking for?

Prospect also has a national network of Union Learning Reps who can help you find the course you're looking for. Logged-in members can check their 'union officials' page to see details of their local ULR, or email