Glasgow Kelvin College and SCVO are at the forefront of tackling Digital Inclusion.
SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) and Glasgow Kelvin College are now delighted to be offering a range of free qualifications which will help to address some of the challenges of digital inclusion in Scotland’s communities.
The Digital Inclusion Qualifications are aimed at digital champions who are supporting local people to get online. Co-designed by representatives from SCVO, a group of professionals from the housing sector and staff from Glasgow Kelvin College, the courses are delivered online and are FREE. There are no entry requirements other than having a strong interest in digital inclusion.
Working closely with SCVO and SCQF (Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework) the College has designed a suite of qualifications to support those delivering digital skills to the community. Working at their own pace, learners will progress through the courses from Level 4 to Level 8 on the framework and appropriate support and resources will be provided throughout that journey.
The programme covers an introduction to learners engaging with digital technologies and the importance of this to tackling isolation, providing skills, and improving employability. This then progresses to how to deliver digital skills and support learners and the final section helps individual learning providers to set up and manage projects.
The College is delighted to lend its expertise and energy to help accredit the courses in partnership with SCVO. As an active community collaborator, it is pleased to promote the qualifications as a further example of its commitment to the communities it serves and its efforts to build capacity into Scotland’s voluntary organisations through SCVO membership.
Robin Ashton, Glasgow Kelvin College Vice Principal - Curriculum, said:
"The College is thrilled to be able to support an influential national organisation like SCVO to offer upskilling to its members. Digital Inclusion skills have been critical to ensuring some of Scotland's most vulnerable citizens have been able to engage throughout the pandemic and this will continue in the time to come.
The initiative highlights the importance of partnership working to tackle societal challenges such as digital poverty in our communities. We are extremely proud of the hard work of all the parties involved."
Aaron Slater, Digital Participation Manager with SCVO, said:
“Digital inclusion isn’t just about having devices and connectivity, it’s also having the skills and confidence to navigate the digital world. These qualifications have been designed to support those working in our communities helping to build these skills – Digital Champions.
We’ve been delighted to be able to work in partnership with a community collaborator like Glasgow Kelvin College to develop these invaluable qualifications to help empower Digital Champions working in our local communities. The past 12 months have shown us how important it is for everyone to have the skills and confidence they need to be online.”