New scheme to boost IT skills

Eric Ollerenshaw
Eric Ollerenshaw
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New efforts to help support people who lack basic computer skills have been praised by a Fylde coast MP.

Almost one in five people across the North West are not confident sending emails, using a search engine or browsing the web.

Fleetwood MP Eric Ollerenshaw welcomed Go ON North West, a new programme launched last week to help boost people’s digital skills.

The scheme, set up by charity Go ON UK, aims to get residents online and follows a pilot scheme in Liverpool in 2011.

Mr Ollerenshaw said: “Basic online skills are increasingly critical for employability.

“As the scope of emerging digital opportunities, services and tools continues to expand, we simply cannot afford to sit on the sidelines.”

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