Trial for 'Digital Inclusion Service' launched in Kingston to help borough's unemployed

By Eli Haidari

7th Mar 2023 | Local News

A Digital Inclusion Service is set to begin a pilot project in Kingston with the hope of equipping unemployed residents with the required skills needed to get a foothold on the recruitment ladder (Credit: We Are Digital)
A Digital Inclusion Service is set to begin a pilot project in Kingston with the hope of equipping unemployed residents with the required skills needed to get a foothold on the recruitment ladder (Credit: We Are Digital)

A Digital Inclusion Service is set to begin a pilot project in Kingston with the hope of equipping unemployed residents with the required skills needed to get a foothold on the recruitment ladder.

'We Are Digital' is a social impact company equipping groups across the UK with the skills required to succeed in the ever expanding digital world.

The organisation typically works with those aged 19 and over who are unemployed, in part-time work or in work poverty.

With everyday services increasingly becoming present online including banking, shopping and access to council services, We Are Digital helps to make the transition period less daunting for those previously uneducated on operating online or individuals who do not have access to technological devices.

To expand its reach, the company has been running a Digital Inclusion Service which contains various classes and workshops on digital skills training, financial training, marketing courses and money guidance and debt advice.

The rollout has now expanded to the Kingston Borough where We Are Digital are working alongside Kingston Council on a pilot project with a specific focus on residents who are unemployed and need access to digital devices or need more confidence and skills in using them. 

Commenting on the pilot project, We Are Digital CEO and Founder, Matthew Adam, said: "It's great to further our relationship with local authorities and develop a new way of running support programmes in the community, especially with digital exclusion, which remains an important topic in today's society.

"This pilot with Kingston Council is an exciting project to help those most in need in an innovative way, and it's been refreshing to have such an open and collaborative process with the council so far, who are really interested in supporting their local residents."

During the sessions, participants will learn the core applications of digital technology in everyday life with the aim that the skills developed during the programme will then help lift participants out of digital, social, and economic exclusion as they gain capability, comfort, and proficiency online and with digital tools.

For more information on the Digital Inclusion Service currently being run by We Are Digital alongside Kingston Council, visit the link here.

     

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