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Three launches free digital skills workshops in Scotland

Thursday, October 12th 2017 by Oprah Flash

Three has set up a digital skills programme to help Scots be more savvy when using mobile technology.

As part of the its new initiative, Three is hosting free training sessions with schools, local groups and small businesses with the aim of reaching “more of the community than ever before”.

The programme is available throughout Glasgow and Edinburgh.

During the sessions people of all ages will be taught basic online skills such as setting up a Facebook page, an email address or a LinkedIn profile.

One-to-one sessions are also available in Three retail stores.

The Discovery programme was first launched in Maidenhead in 2015. It grew and was soon expanded to stores in Swansea and Islington.

The sessions proved to be a huge success and inspired Three to bring Discovery to Scotland.

Three recently endorsed Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter, an initiative created by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) with the support of the Scottish Government. The charter focuses on improving digital skills across Scotland.

“We believe that access to the internet is a basic human right,” said Paula Cave, director of retail at Three. “90% of jobs require people to have basic digital skills so it is now more important than ever that we help people get to grips with the digital world.

“The move into Scotland is the next piece of the puzzle, meaning Discovery now spans the whole of the UK so we can provide digital skills to more people than ever before.

'Digitally smarter Scotland'

“We look forward to supporting community groups and individuals in the Glasgow and Edinburgh areas to create a digitally smarter Scotland.”

So far more than 250 sessions have been hosted this year for community groups across the UK, including schools, charities, community centres and job centres.

David McNeill, director of digital at the SCVO, said: “Given the widespread use of smartphones and tablets, it’s easy to assume that most of Scotland’s population is digitally confident.

“However, our recent research shows the reality is that while many people use social media and consume content online, they do not have the full range of basic digital skills to enable them to make the most of the internet, whether saving money or applying for jobs.

“We’re delighted Three has joined the national movement to increase basic digital skills and confidence online, and committed to providing practical support through Discovery.”

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