Getting citizens online in Ireland for GOW17
During GOW17 in Ireland, led by FIT ltd, 400 people were trained and over 115,000 reached through Getting Citizens Online, Bank of Ireland's Digital Arrows and BizWorld programmes.
Getting Citizens Online
Get Online Week went well in Ireland. Training took place in a number of telecentres throughout the country including An Cosan, Ceeds, Belgard 138 and St Joseph's Resource Centre. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment's ‘Getting Citizens Online‘ Programme is, in line with the National Digital Strategy, focused on encouraging and empowering citizens to participate fully in Ireland's digital economy and society. The programme encourages those who have no or limited experience with computers. It teaches them basic skills and gives them confidence to use email, online shopping, online banking and egovernment facilities.
Bank of Ireland Digital Arrows
If you are new to computers, smartphones and the Internet, Bank of Ireland have a dedicated team of Digital Arrows that can help get you up to speed. They introduce people to social media, help them set up their first email account, and show how to bank online safely and securely. They also visit secondary schools and talk to students abut internet banking and how to be security conscious online. During the week Digital Arrows had events in several counties including Westmeath, Dublin, Limerick, Dublin, Meath, Kilkenny and Cork.
Bank of Ireland BizWorld
BizWorld Ireland organises workshops in primary and secondary schools nationwide facilitated by Bank of Ireland staff. The workshops are designed to inspire and empower young people to learn about money management, critical thinking and enterprise in a fun and creative way.
During Get Online Week Bank of Ireland visited a number of secondary schools in Dublin, Meath and Leixlip.
FIT set up an information stand in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre yesterday and are in Cabra Library today. We are giving out information about courses for young people, and unemployed people and are promoting our ICT Associate Professional programme. The ICT Associate Professional is a practical further education apprentice style programme designed as an alternative entrance to an IT career than the traditional third level route.
by Helen Johnston, FIT