ICT Digital Inclusion
As many as 7.8 million adults in the UK have never accessed the internet and the vast majority of those are also socially excluded older adults, those in low paid employment or unemployed. They are unable to enjoy the benefits of being online that the rest of us take for granted - shopping, paying bills online and saving money, social networking and finding information you need. Over 90% of jobs in today’s world require basic internet skills. The government wants trade unions and ULRs to play a role in getting people online and developing their ICT skills.
What are unionlearn doing?
- Supporting and developing GO ON Places Digital Inclusion Campaigns. These are Local Authority campaigns to reduce the numbers of adults who have never used the internet. GO ON Liverpool was launched in June 2011 leading to over 43,000 adults in Liverpool getting online in a year. North West Unionlearn has since supported the development and launch of similar campaigns in Manchester, Knowsley, Wirral and Oldham. The Northern team are supporting devlopments in Newcastle and Durham.
- Supporting the recruitment, development and training of trade union digital champions. Find out more about the role and register to become a digital champion.
- To help with meeting the challenge of communicating with and supporting potentially hundreds of centres, unionlearn have prepared a new directory of union-led learning centres and spaces. With great help from unions and unionlearn regions we have compiled a list of over 400 centres, with contact details and information on the services provided at each centre. Access the learning centre directory.
- Refurbished computers for under £100 are available to ULRs to help members overcome cost as a barrier to getting connected. Microsoft and partners have agreed that ULRs are eligible to order a maximun of six refurbished computers. ULRs just have to click they are eligible for the lower price of £99 for a desktop and £169 for a laptop computer. To see the latest computer and internet connection offers, visit [email protected].