The modern world can feel overwhelming at the best of times.

The rate at which technology is progressing can make us feel as though we’re constantly being left behind.

Technology classes for older adults can be a fantastic way to keep up to date with the advances in a supportive learning environment.

On this page, we’ll be discussing your options, including the available course options and where to find them.

Where Can Retirees Learn Computer Skills?

If you’re wondering how to update your technology skill set, the list below should help. We’ve curated a selection of options that can be accessed both in the UK and online:

1 - Mirthy

We’d be remiss not to include Mirthy as part of the list!

We offer regular technology workshops that cover everything from making the most of apps and understanding various software to using email effectively and combating common online scams.

Taught live in a group setting, each class gives participants the ability to follow along in real-time and ask any tech questions they need help with.

Click here to see our upcoming technology events.

2 – Superprof Independent Tutors

Superprof and similar sites are the modern-day equivalent of the job boards and newspaper ads of yesteryear. Professional tutors can create an account on the platform and offer their services at various hourly rates.

There are plenty of IT specialists on Superprof all ready and waiting to help you get up to speed. Click here to find options near you.

3 – Government and Council Support

The UK government has acknowledged the need to help those in later life retrain in areas such as maths and IT. The link above will take you to their landing page on the subject. It’s designed to help you find avenues that might work for you.

Be sure to take a look at your council’s website also. There may be specific courses in your area that aren’t available in other parts of the country.

4 – Guidance From Microsoft

One of the most common roadblocks for older adults can be Microsoft’s suite of office tools like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. If you’re completely new to these programmes, the company offers surprisingly helpful guidance via their website.

You start by choosing the programme you’re looking to learn about and can then click through each tool one by one. The best part? This information is all completely free!

5 – Reed.co.uk

Looking for a course at a recognised institution? Sites like Reed.co.uk can help you get where you need to be. Use the search box at the top of the site to filter for specific courses in your area.

IT, computing, and general technology courses can all be found through sites like this. Prices can vary depending on the length and content of each course. Be sure to research online reviews and alumni accounts for any course you’re considering.

6 – The Open University

The Open University was founded in 1969 and has been helping thousands of people achieve their training goals since they took their first 24,000 students in 1971. The institution offers a range of technology-specific courses that could help get you up to speed.

They start at a ‘certificate level’ and move all the way up to full degrees. No matter what your experience level is, you should be able to find an option that works for you.

7 – Skillshare

Skillshare is an online learning platform that offers a host of course material on an endless list of topics. If you’re looking to learn the basics of Windows or brush up on your computer skills, this could be a good option.

Sites like Skillshare require a monthly subscription fee that grants access to the platform’s entire library of courses. An alternative to this pricing model is Udemy, which allows you to pay for individual courses.

8 – IT Training Through Age UK

For UK-based learners, Age UK provide good information and resources. The charity is dedicated to improving prospects and overall quality of life for older adults across the country.

They offer computer courses that “explain things clearly in plain English to help you get online”. If your IT skills leave a lot to be desired, this could be a great first port of call. They’ll be able to recommend courses based on your area and experience level.

Technology Classes for Older Adults – The Benefits

In this section, we’ll discuss the benefits that come from improving your relationship with modern technology. This is about much more than simply improving your job prospects.

Your Access to Services Improves

For better or worse, technology now touches every aspect of our modern lives. Everything from buying your weekly shop to managing your bank account now requires at least a rudimentary understanding of smartphones, the internet, and technology in general.

Once you’ve got to grips with the basics, a staggering number of daily tasks can become much simpler.

Communication Becomes Much Easier

Gone are the days when living on the opposite side of the country or world meant you couldn’t easily talk to each other.

Software like Zoom or Microsoft Teams can make it effortless to talk with the people you care about ‘face to face’ no matter where you are.

So as grandparents, even if your grandchildren live far away, you can still keep in touch.

If you know how to use the software, that is. Use one of the learning options listed above to master the basics of these programmes.

It Can Help You Boost Your Earning Prospects

Sadly, a lack of IT training can hold older employees back in the modern workforce. Perhaps you want to change careers, upskill or simply supplement your pension with some part-time work. Sometimes, all it takes is a little retraining in the right areas and you’ll be able to regain your edge.

What IT skills do you already have in your arsenal? How can you advance these further to develop your CV?

Want to learn more about retraining in later life? Click here.

Final Thoughts

We hope you’ve found the recommendations on this page helpful. Remember to take your time when considering courses that will cost you money.

It’s better to deliberate and find the perfect option than to rush into something that will waste your money. Alternatively, see some free course options here.

Whichever course you choose, we wish you luck on your journey!

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