Over 60,000 households helped online

Published:
January 30, 2022 12:01 a.m.

People receiving new skills and online training.

More people have been able to develop digital skills online to improve their chances of finding a job or reduce isolation, thanks to the £48million Connecting Scotland scheme.

Members of more than 60,000 households received training to facilitate Internet access. Among other benefits, this made it possible to use online services during the pandemic and to apply for jobs. Users also received devices such as iPads and Chromebooks and unlimited data for two years.

Low-income people and groups such as the elderly, single parents and people with disabilities were able to access training and support to use their devices. Those at greater risk and protected from the coronavirus (COVID-19) were able to access health and public services online and maintain virtual contact with family and friends.

Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said:

“The aim of our £48m Connecting Scotland program was to ensure that those who faced the most barriers to accessing online services were supported and not left behind as a result of the pandemic.

“This program has provided a vital lifeline for many people by helping families maintain virtual contact and enabling users to access public, health and employment services that were only available online. line in the wake of Covid.

“As well as helping over 60,000 additional households to access online services, this has been an investment in the future of our digital economy and will contribute to wider efforts to bridge the digital divide by ensuring that as many people as possible have the skills to enter the workforce.”

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More information on Connecting Scotland is available.

Connecting Scotland was a Program for Government (PfG) commitment 2021-22 and is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organizations (SCVO) and local authorities.

It funded 1,047 organizations which carried out 4,917 projects. A total of 30,462 Chromebooks, 29,697 iPads and 51,021 MiFi devices have been distributed to the most vulnerable households.

Planning for the future development of the service is underway, in line with PfG’s commitment to expand Connecting Scotland to bring 300,000 people online by the end of this term of the Scottish Parliament.

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