Digital Skills & Inclusion
Alongside the superfast broadband deployment, we have digital skills and inclusion as a priority in order to help people make the most of the upgraded connections. Our ambition is to improve the digital skills of our future workforce and up-skill our current workforce in order to create a digitally literate county and help local businesses grow. Having the relevant digital skills is of huge importance in order to ensure people can access our council services, bank online, claim benefits, improve the efficiency of a business and progress in their career. In 2018 we are intending to tackle rural isolation issues through the use of digital, working alongside external partners such Age UK Northumberland and Lloyds Bank.
We often host or attend events in order to promote digital inclusion, you can view them here. If you would like us to attend a meeting or event in your area please get in touch.
We will update this webpage regularly to provide updates on what we’re up to, but if you have any queries or would like any support please contact us.
If you are a digital champion for us you can view our privacy notice here. This explains how we will use your data, and what your rights are.
For the online population, there are a number of benefits:
- 4 in 10 say being online helps them feel less alone.
- 7 in 10 say it helps them save time.
- 5 in 10 say it has helped them find a job.
- 7 in 10 say digital banking helps them avoid overdraft fees.
Northumberland County Council is currently promoting Code Clubs across the county, working in collaboration with Code Club which is part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Code Club believes that all children should have the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. To do this, they support a nationwide network of volunteers and educators who run free coding clubs for children aged 9-13 to build and share their ideas, learning along the way.
Over the past 18 months, the number of active clubs in Northumberland has increased dramatically. The vast majority of these clubs are volunteer led, although support from teaching staff is always on hand. It is clear that there is a rapidly increasing demand for Code Clubs across the county, and we need your help to meet this demand.
For further information on Code Club in Northumberland, including details on how you can get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is high on the agenda nowadays in educational establishments. We are working hard to promote this and currently developing a plan of how we can engage with local schools, children and businesses to increase the opportunities available in our county. We also run STEM events as often as possible and we’d love for you to get involved. Please see our events page for further information or email email@example.com with any queries.
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