Free workshops helping digital skills

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FREE workshops are helping Tameside residents enhance their digital skills.

Tameside Council's Libraries and Routes to Work teams partnered together to deliver a 'Get Started with iDEA' workshop at the new Ashton Library in Tameside One.

The session was the first of a regular workshop, which will be open to anyone and will take place on the last Thursday of each month at Ashton Library, from 3.30 to 4.30pm. 

The purpose of the workshops is to help residents become digitally included and improve their chances of employability.

The first session on April 25 was for clients using Routes to Work, the supported employment offer from the council's Employment and Skills service supporting residents with mental health issues or disabilities into sustainable jobs.

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) was founded and is backed by the Duke of York. It's the digital equivalent of the Duke of Edinburgh award and can be used to enhance CV's. 

It can help people learn more about internet safety, financial management, making GIFs and websites and lots more useful and interesting topics.

Since launching the Tameside and Glossop iDEA badge at the Tameside Coder Dojo last September, the council has been working with Buckingham Palace to get local residents to use the free programme, which aims to build computer and enterprise skills. It's available online and is simple to use for all abilities and backgrounds.

A Tameside Council spokesperson said: "iDEA is a fantastic opportunity to learn new digital skills and enhance existing ones to help secure work and succeed in the workplace.  We've organised these workshops to help Routes to Work clients and residents get started with iDEA and gain the skills and knowledge they need."

For more details on the workshops, visit www.tameside.gov.uk/libraries, call 0161 342 2031 or come in to the library.

Anyone interested in iDEA can get started by signing up at www.idea.org.uk. People who live or work in Tameside or Glossop can get their first two points straight away by clicking HAVE A BADGE CODE? and entering the code: TANDGIDEA.

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