Delivering digital training as part of European project

8 April 2013

NIACE and seven other European organisations are developing and delivering training programmes to support socially disadvantaged learners to acquire vital digital skills, as part of a European project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by Stiftung Digitale Chancen.

Digital Literacy 2.0 (DLit2.0) is developing and delivering training programmes for staff in informal and untraditional learning settings – like public libraries, social housing organisations, community and care centres – so they can support and empower socially disadvantaged learners to acquire the vital skills they need to fully participate in the digital society.

In England, NIACE has been working with East Midlands Housing Group to deliver the training programme, which consists of small modules of web 2.0 tasks – like getting started on Skype, setting up an online banking account, looking and applying for jobs and publishing digital content. Learners can complete the modules through assisted self-learning or within a group setting, allowing them to take control of their own learning progress and to learn at a pace that best suits them.

Chris Ashton, Executive Director of Housing and the Executive lead on digital inclusion, said:

“We are delighted to be involved in the delivery of the DLit2.0 programme and to be the only European partner delivering into a social housing context. There is no doubt that this programme will have a very positive impact on our residents and it is already changing the way our business works. Having the confidence and skills to operate in a digital world, especially in the current economic climate is of paramount important.”

Susan Easton, Programme Manager, Digital Learning, said:

“Recent data from eurostat shows that 500 million people across Europe never use the internet, with 7.4 million from the UK. Another 16 million UK adults lack basic internet skills, which excludes them from full participation in the digital society.

“The DLit2.0 programme helps to address this problem, by training adults not only to go online, but to have the skills, knowledge and understanding to make full use of the internet safely and meaningfully. We are delighted to work with our seven trans-European partners and are especially pleased to work with our UK partner, the East Midlands Housing Group, who has made an impressive commitment to increase its residents’ digital skills.”