Internet giant Google has launched a six month scheme offering digital skills training to businesses and educators.
The multimillion-pound project will see Google opening several ‘pop-up garages’, starting in Leeds this month, running workshops and classes.
"While the majority of UK small businesses recognise the importance of having a website and using basic digital tools, less than 30 per cent of small to medium-sized enterprises have an effective online presence,” said Eileen Naughton, Google's managing director for UK & Ireland.
"We want to help jumpstart the other 70 per cent. We believe that giving small business-owners access to expert advice will help strengthen the UK's reputation as one of the most advanced digital economies, and cement its place as the most advanced e-commerce market in the world.
The project will also focus on teachers, aiming to help them build up skills needed to foster digital abilities of future generations.
"We want to help ensure that British youth acquire the computing skills needed to succeed in the future,” Naughton said. “Introducing computer science to the primary school curriculum last year was a great step forward, but investment in teacher training is likewise crucial to ensuring this a success."
The first ‘digital garage’ was opened today in West Yorkshire. The project, a partnership with Code Club Pro, Computing at Schools and the Raspberry Pi Foundation, hopes to involve 200,000 British firms and 25,000 teachers. The training will be delivered at the garage and local schools. Also included will be development of training resources and a donation of Raspberry Pi computers.