Good Things Foundation wins Future Digital Inclusion contract
11 Nov 2014
We’re really pleased to announce today that Good Things Foundation has won a contract with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ for a Future Digital Inclusion programme.
The Future Digital Inclusion programme demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting people in the hardest-to-reach communities in England, enabling them not only to develop online skills and access government services, but also to benefit from the opportunities the internet can provide. The programme supports Action 2 of the Government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy which aims to establish a quality cross-government digital capability programme.
Good Things Foundation will support 200,000 people in 2014-15 to gain digital skills through the established network of UK online centres, based in informal settings in the heart of local communities. Hundreds of grassroots organisations will be directly grant funded, with thousands of others able to access online resources and network support that forms part of the programme. Good Things Foundation will specifically target people who are unemployed, on a low income or in low-skilled jobs, people with a disability or learning difficulty, people in rural areas and people who are socially excluded.
Learners will be supported through Good Things Foundation’s learning platform, Learn My Way, which currently supports over 10,000 learners a month to gain web skills such as email, safety, job searching, and transacting. The contract will support 2,000 people to progress on to achieve a City & Guilds certificate in Basic Online Skills, which for many will be their first formal certificate. Over 750 Digital Champion volunteers will be trained to support delivery in local communities. Local learners will receive sustained support to ensure they become long term internet users, and can progress to opportunities including employment and further learning.
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy said: “In order for the UK to remain a leading digital nation it is essential that everyone has the skills they need to benefit from the internet. Digital can make our economy stronger, by supporting individuals to find work and providing our businesses with further opportunities to grow, innovate and access new markets. We need to ensure that those without basic online skills are not left behind, and the Future Digital Inclusion programme will play a critical role in ensuring that these individuals develop the digital skills they need to succeed.”
Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities says: “Digital skills are increasingly essential for people wishing to progress in learning and employment. As the digital inclusion programme shows, we are committed to helping those people most in need to develop the skills and confidence they need to get online.”
Helen Milner, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation says: “I am delighted we have been successful with our bid to deliver the Future Digital Inclusion programme. This programme represents a huge commitment from government to supporting people in some of the hardest-to-reach communities to improve their life chances, find work, learn more about the things that interest them and more. With more and more government services moving online, it is vital the government commits to supporting those without basic online skills, to ensure no-one is left behind, and this programme will have a huge impact on doing this.”
For more information, please contact Anna Geraghty at Good Things Foundation on 07872 992 748 or firstname.lastname@example.org.