Google is launching a bus tour in the central belt of Scotland as part of its Google Digital Garage initiative, offering people free digital coaching and advice.
The tour will kick off in Glasgow on Wednesday 1st August and will deliver training at St Enoch Square from 11am-5pm before traveling to over 50 other locations over three months.
According to the Digital Economy Business Survey in Scotland, just one in four businesses feel their employees have the skills to meet their digital needs and two in five Scottish employers have vacancies in tech roles.
This is why the Google Digital Garage bus will offer free workshops and face-to-face coaching on topics like taking your first steps online, how to build your CV, and social media strategy.
The Google Digital Garage bus will also provide free digital skills training to charities and small businesses. Google has worked with a wide range of government, education and industry partners to plan the bus tour, including The Good Things Foundation, Bank of Scotland, Glasgow Life, and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Digital technology is connecting us faster than before and transforming the way we live which is why it’s crucial that everyone has the opportunity and support to keep up with the pace of change.
“By providing digital training to communities across the central belt, the Google Digital Garage bus will provide people with the skills and confidence they need to reach their potential while helping to grow Scotland’s economy.”
Alina Dimofte, digital skills policy lead at Google said: “Following our ongoing success in getting people engaged and learning via our high street Digital Garages in Manchester and more recently, in Edinburgh, we wanted to make our training even more accessible, so have started the bus tour to take training right to people’s doorsteps. Glasgow is a brilliant place to kick off this tour, with so much ambition. Everyone has something they want to do, but may not have had the chance to do it yet. Whether that's because of a lack of time, or opportunity, or support, the Google Digital Garage is here to help everyone take those first steps.”
Since launching in March 2015, Google has trained more than 300,000 through the programme, and have visited more than 100 villages, towns and cities. In July 2018, Google announced the launch of its new Google Digital Garage in Edinburgh, Google’s second presence in Scotland after a short tenure in Glasgow in 2015.
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