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Northern Ireland ‘must catch up with digital skills’

Minister for Finance and Personnel, Mr Simon Hamilton MLA, Baronness Martha Lane-Fox, chair of Go ON and Jim Moore, from Bangor who has benefitted from the programme.

Minister for Finance and Personnel, Mr Simon Hamilton MLA, Baronness Martha Lane-Fox, chair of Go ON and Jim Moore, from Bangor who has benefitted from the programme.

 

A cross-sector charity providing basic digital skills to individuals and organisations has unveiled plans to extend their services throughout Northern Ireland.

Established by Baroness Lane Fox, co-creator of Lastminute.com, the Go ON NI programme is designed to boost the Basic Online Skills of every person, small business and charity across the country.

In the UK, almost one in five adults (19 per cent) currently falls below the Basic Online Skills threshold and in Northern Ireland, this figure is even higher, with 23 per cent of adults missing out on the social and economic benefits the web has to offer.

By working with local authorities and businesses, Go ON UK aims to build on the success of the 2011 Go ON Liverpool partnership campaign which helped reduce the numbers of offline adults in the city by 55 per cent in just 18 months.

Speaking in Belfast yesterday Baroness Lane Fox said: “I find it alarming that there are still 11 million adults in the UK and 345,000 people in Northern Ireland who still can’t do four basic things online and these people are missing out on things like savings, education opportunities and employment.

“We want to do is to build up a network of champions, it could be someone in business, school, community group, anywhere and to do that we have our website digitalskills.com where all the resources are available for people who want to train people or people who want to learn.”

 

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