University courses. Apple’s iTunes University gives you free access to 350,000 films, videos and lectures from some of the world’s greatest institutions.
Home and business IT. HP’s Online Learning Center has hundreds of free classes that are available to everyone, whether an HP customer or not. They include tutorials on PC security and maintenance, classes in online PR and using business applications.
Web conferencing. If you want to run training courses yourself, online webinars can be a way to reach people in different offices or people who are working from home, cutting the cost of room hire and travel. Check out my review of web, video and phone conferencing tools.
LIFE City. HP sponsors LIFE, the Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs. It contains interactive business simulations and other engaging tools for learning new business skills.
Free language training. Have a look at LiveMocha, which gives you access to free online training courses and links you up with native speakers of your chosen language so you can practice.
YouTube. If you need help with something practical, why not look on YouTube? The video site has thousands of how-to videos, such as how to defragment your hard drive in Windows 7.
Software companies. Don’t overlook the information in your software helpfiles and on manufacturers’ websites. For example, Microsoft has a big library of online training tools and there is a huge library of on-demand training for all the Office programs (e.g. Word and Excel).