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Free IT training extended to help more people get online

A series of free IT courses for beginners has been launched at new locations in Gloucestershire.

Training, run in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council's Fastershire project and Adult Education in Gloucestershire, will now be offered at Prestbury, Chipping Campden, Newent and Nailsworth libraries.

The training aims to reduce digital exclusion and give more people have the confidence to use the internet.

Natasha Panchbhaya, Adult Education delivery manager, said: "The joint work between Adult Education in Gloucestershire and the Fastershire project has been a great success. In the last few months alone, we have supported over 100 learners to gain new skills and learn about online safety, which seems to be a key development area for a lot of our learners."

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for economy, education and skills, said: "We've been delighted by the success of these courses, so it made sense to offer this programme in more areas. We often hear how keen some people are to be able Skype or FaceTime with family or benefit from what the internet has to offer, but say how they feel nervous or intimidated. It's amazing how quickly that can change after just a little bit of support and training."

Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties.

Photo credit: Chas Breton

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