Digital skills training to be offered for free

FREE digital skills training is due to be offered to all Islanders as part of a new government-backed programme that was trialled by more than 100 teachers.

The Digital Hub. Picture:DAVID FERGUSON. (30016830)
The Digital Hub. Picture:DAVID FERGUSON. (30016830)

Learners will earn ‘badges’ to mark their progress on the scheme, which is being launched by the Digital Jersey Academy, and be guided towards new career and development opportunities.

Courses and modules will cover a range of areas including understanding emerging technologies, getting the most out of your home’s WiFi and connecting household systems, such as speakers, lights and coffee machines, to the internet.

Digital Jersey chief executive Tony Moretta said that the scheme was the ‘natural next step’ in improving the digital skills of Islanders: ‘Whether it’s about being even more productive or skilled in a current job or thinking about the road ahead and learning something new to make that career move happen, I hope as many people in Jersey as possible make use of this new free resource.’

Rory Steel, head of the Digital Jersey Academy, added: ‘We’ve drawn on a range of talents in the Island, including local EdTech [education technology] guru Adam Grocott, from Grainville School, to make this happen.

‘He’s a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and fellow who has a wealth of knowledge to share with his education peers and, soon, with the whole Island. We’re working hard to foster a “digital-first” mindset, and this platform represents that brilliantly.’

David Roworth, senior adviser for digital and innovation at Skills Jersey, said a trial launch of the programme in the Island’s schools had been received ‘with enthusiasm’.

Details of when all Islanders can gain access to the programme through a new website will be announced in the coming weeks.

A Digital Jersey spokeswoman said that in terms of cost the course had been ‘put together by internal resources using open-source software, which is freely available’.

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