Residential broadband provider Hyperoptic has launched its first digital skills academy initiative in Southwark to boost the digital skills of residents in the borough.
At the new academy, Hyperoptic will be providing free training and support to 50 volunteers who in turn will help the borough residents in developing their digital skills.
The volunteers will be recruited from library staff, residents looking to upskill themselves, or students who will get valuable CV enhancing skills.
According to Hyperoptic, the selected volunteers will have an introductory session from training specialists We are Digital followed by training and support through Digital Unite’s Digital Champions Network.
The Digital Champions Network is a learning platform that offers accredited online training, hundreds of teaching resources that are ready-to-use, a peer community and project management tools.
Upon completion of the training, the volunteers will establish workshops in the local community to share their digital skills with the Southwark residents.
Southwark Council Councillor and Cabinet Member for Jobs, Business and Innovation Stephanie Cryan said: “We are delighted Hyperoptic is launching this initiative. The role of the champions is set to be incredibly valuable for the community as well as immensely rewarding for those involved.
“We want to make sure that all residents benefit from opportunities to take advantage of the digital revolution and this initiative helps to provide that opportunity.”
Hyperoptic said that it has been giving free full fibre broadband connections to six Southwark libraries in Southwark where some of the training will take place.
The residential broadband provider will also work with the libraries to identify ten residents using the free home library service offered by Southwark Council. The residents will be given six hours of in home training from We are Digital, said Hyperoptic.
Hyperoptic CEO Dana Tobak said: “We believe everyone should be able to access and benefit from reliable digital connectivity and we are thrilled that our skills academy will help connect even more people in Southwark to the possibilities available to them online.
“Just 7% of UK premises have access to the gold standard of fibre, but thanks to the foresight of Southwark Council, the area now has access to the fastest broadband available in the UK, enabling homes and business to make the most of today’s connected devices and streaming services, as well as future proofing the area’s infrastructure for tomorrow’s technology.”