CTEC gets €85k award for local skills training
THE Wexford-based Community Training and Education Centre has been awarded an €85,000 government grant to provide basic digital skills to 1,000 local people.
The skills training will be free.
The award was one of 15, worth a total of €2.2 million, for community- and not-for-profit organisations nationally announced by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten.
'For those already online, the benefits of the internet are clear. A few simple steps and a digital world opens before you - one where old friends can catch up, businesses and customers can find each other and access to information is easy.
'In a 'connected' society, digital skills for everyone are absolutely essential if we're going to realise the full social and economic potential of this digital world. But many people have never had a chance to learn these skills.
Helping these individuals, communities and businesses acquire them is a significant policy priority for me,' said Minister Naughten.
'There are tremendous benefits to be gained from getting online. At this time of year with so many Irish people living abroad and far away at Christmas, connecting with family and friends via the Internet is just one of the many benefits that digital literacy can bring,' said CTEC training manager Rachel Tucker.
'CTEC is delighted to have been selected as one of the 15 organisations providing training through the Digital Skills for Citizens Grant Scheme and we are looking forward to rolling out these free training programmes starting early in 2017.'
Training courses are aimed to get people started online and include an introduction to the internet, using email, accessing government online services as well as social media and online security.
Details of all free courses will be available on the CTEC website early in the New Year.
Minister Naughten said the Department's Digital Skills for Citizens Scheme aims to give people the confidence, motivation and the skills to take their first steps online, so that they can play their part in an increasingly digital world.
Training in basic internet skills will be delivered free of charge to more than 26,000 people during 2017. A full geographic spread of classes, engaging deeply with communities across every county, will be ensured and monitored under the Scheme.