Teesside University is offering voluntary sector professionals in the Tees Valley and County Durham free digital skills training as part of its response to Covid-19.
The Digital Skills for Growth programme was due to run via physical events but is now being offered as a series of accredited online courses from 20 April to 24 June.
Anyone who completes the short accredited courses will receive a university certificate of professional development in digital skills.
The programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund and delivered by the University’s School of Computing, Engineering and Digital Technologies.
University colleagues at DigitalCity, funded from the European Regional Development Fund across Tees Valley, will also provide a mentoring service to Tees Valley learners.
“Given the unprecedented situation we have adapted our project for the immediate short-term and changed the way we are going to be delivering some of our accredited courses so that everything is online,” said Siobhan Fenton, the School’s associate dean.
“Whilst we understand that minds are focused on the immediate challenges, given the positive feedback we had originally from organisations about our training we wanted to offer people the opportunity to continue to access the courses in a safe environment. It presents a fantastic opportunity for public, private and voluntary sector employees to future-proof their digital skills at this time. Importantly there is no charge for the courses.
“The world in which we work, live and play is clearly changing and we need to keep up with technology in all aspects of our lives. Digital technology, particularly artificial intelligence and data analytics have introduced revolutionary changes in every sector to enhance efficiency, increase productivity and reduce costs.
“Arguably this is going to be even more important for business once the coronavirus pandemic has passed.”