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FIFE College is offering free Google chromebooks to students who sign up to a new digital skills course.
The initiative is being run in partnership with Shell UK and aimed at those who have experience of using devices like mobile phones, tablets, e-readers and laptop computers but maybe aren’t getting the most out of them.
The course will be taught online over nine weeks and upon completion students will be awarded a BCS Level 1 Essential Digital Skills for Work qualification.
Stewart McDonald, the director of the faculty of digital and creative industries at the college, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Shell UK on this new digital skills course, and to be able to offer free devices to those taking part.
“It means that not only will those on the course learn more about how to use digital devices, but they’ll get a high quality Chromebook as well.
“With the course also being free to those who want to enrol, it’s a great opportunity for anyone looking to boost their confidence in using technology.
“These skills are becoming ever more important in today’s world, and can increase your job prospects and help individuals manage more aspects of their lives online.”
Similar courses are being set-up in Norfolk and Aberdeen, with students learning to get the most from their electronic devices, how to identify and solve common technical problems and how to protect their device and data from online threats.
Craig Burnett, the manager of Shell’s Fife NGL Plant at Mossmorran, said: “We want to help our communities where their needs are most acute and where our support can make a real and immediate difference.
“A lack of digital skills and access can have a huge negative impact on a person’s life.
“That is why we are teaming up with colleges to create local hubs for the delivery of basic digital skills training that unlocks the potential of adults aged 19-plus to gain or advance in their employment or address digital barriers to participate in modern life.”