Today people who lack digital skills could be missing out on a lot of fun and opportunities in their lives. For example, 72% of employers require basic digital skills and 25% of jobs are only advertised online. Public services are becoming 'digital by default'. Eventually 90% of public services will only be available online.
With this in mind, and to help celebrate Get Online Week and the Learn My Way website, the URTU Learning Project hosted two Digital Inclusion workshops. These were available for anyone to attend who was interested in learning more about digital skills and becoming a Digital Champion.
The first workshop was held at Sunshine House in Wigan, with the second held at Sedgebrook Hall, Northampton. Both workshops were attended by URTU members, as well as members from other unions including BFAWU, GMB, CWU and Unison.
Judith Swift, URTU Learning Project Worker for the North, ran both the workshops with support from her fellow project team. Judith kicked off the sessions by finding out what each delegate wanted to achieve from the workshops. This ranged from wanting a better understanding for their own knowledge to how they could help their colleagues, friends and family get more digitally inclusive.
The delegates were shown the Learn My Way website and each took part in a fun game the website has created for Get Online Week. Delegates were then shown how to register on the website and each completed one of the learning modules to find out how easy and useful these can be.
After lunch, Judith went through the importance of being a Digital Champion and how the skills they learn can assist others to get more digitally inclusive. The delegates were encouraged to promote and run their own small session on digital inclusion through workplace or community learning.
Judith commented about both workshops:
URTU Learning and our dedicated ULRs are passionate about enabling the digitally excluded and those lacking confidence with computers and the internet to be confident in our digital world.
We teamed up with the Good Things Foundation to train ULRs from URTU and our partner unions to become Digital Champions.
The participants really enjoyed the workshops and are looking forward to taking on this role."