Two new employment initiatives are being launched in Liverpool to celebrate Get Online week.
The Get online campaign, from 14- 20 October, encourages everyone in Britain to get digital. It is run by Tinder Foundation and their network of UK Online Centres.
Go ON it’s Liverpool, the campaign supported by the City Council to help the city’s population get online, is backing new initiatives at Toxteth Library
GTDT (Granby Toxteth Development Trust) are running an “IT for Employment” drop-in course at the Library every Monday from 10.30am from 14 October. Places can be booked by ringing 0151 734 4925
And the National Careers Service are holding Universal Job Search sessions in the Library’s ICT training suite on Monday mornings as well as one to one careers advice sessions.
As well as the employment initiatives there will also be an “IT for the terrified” course on Mondays at 1pm.
The courses result from the partnership approach of the Go ON it’s Liverpool campaign, where voluntary organisations have been working with the Department of Work and Pensions, housing associations, and the libraries to help people gain IT skills.
The launch will be attended by Cabinet members Councillor Nick Small and Councillor Steve Munby.
Councillor Small said: “The provision of these courses by the Go On partners in the library is crucial in providing learning opportunities which are accessible to all and will help people find work. The Council is very pleased to support these initiatives which mean Get Online week will have a real impact in the city”
Go ON it’s Liverpool aims to get more of the city’s residents online so they can access cheaper goods and services, educational and employment opportunities, and take advantage of social, leisure and family communication.
In 2011 it was estimated there were 104,000 adults in Liverpool who had never been online -29% of the population; two years later this was reduced to 66,000 people, or 17% of the population – the national average for ‘digital exclusion’.
More information about Get Online week is available at www.getonlineweek.com.