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Improving digital skills

Wednesday March 28th, 2018

£200,000 funding to increase inclusion (March 28th).Government Opportunities (GO)

An additional £200,000 will be invested to help reduce isolation and improve job opportunities through the teaching of digital skills.

The Digital Participation Charter Fund has supported 143 organisations to help 15,000 vulnerable people gain basic digital skills since its launch in 2014.

The fund supports the work of the Digital Participation Charter – a group of organisations which use their expertise to help people in the community, and their own workforce, to gain digital skills.

Citizens Advice Scotland has today become the 500th signatory.

Announcing the funding, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP visited ‘The Welcoming’ – a charity in Edinburgh that has used resources from the fund to equip refugees with digital skills.

Ms Hyslop said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to increasing digital participation and ensuring that everyone gets the opportunity to enjoy the social, cultural and economic benefits digital skills can bring.

“Our Digital Participation Charter Fund is a key part of that work. The funding I’m announcing today will be focussed on reducing isolation and loneliness and helping people get back into the world of work.

“I would like to thank all of the 500 organisations who have supported this work by signing up to the Digital Participation Charter – including our latest signatory, Citizens Advice Scotland.”

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