Somerset Libraries are supporting a national ‘Be Online’ campaign to get more people using the internet.
The national awareness campaign is taking place between 27 February to 12 March and focusses on helping people develop the skills to apply for work, gain new skills and grow their business online.
An estimated 5.9 million people in the UK have never been online, and 12.6 million don’t have the digital skills to make the most of the opportunities the internet has to offer. According to the Basic Digital Skills UK Report 2015, 28% of the offline population are unemployed.
Somerset Libraries are running a series of special events across the fortnight. Anyone who needs a helping hand with the internet is invited to come along and take part.
Library staff will help people to gain basic skills so they can search and apply for work online, develop new skills to improve their position in work, and introduce people to online resources that can help grow small businesses.
Sessions are running in libraries around the county. Visit www.somersetlibraries.co.uk/events and search for Be Online for details of an event near you!
Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries at Somerset County Council, said: “These are great events if you want to gain new skills and expand your horizons by getting online. The internet can open doors for you in terms of your career, business and personal life. Come along to your local library to find out more and learn how to make the most of being online.”
The campaign is managed by Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading charity supporting digitally and socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital. Since 2010, along with the Online Centres Network, they’ve helped more than 2 million people gain basic digital skills.