Connecting Scotland Phase 2 provided iPads, Chromebooks and support to develop digital skills for individuals who are digitally excluded, who do not have an appropriate device and/or are not connected to the Internet at home and are on low incomes so cannot afford to buy a device or pay for internet access.
More people have been able to develop digital skills online to help improve their chances of securing a job or reducing isolation, thanks to the £48 million Connecting Scotland programme.
Led by Lesley Martin, Employability Adviser, a working group of Fife College Staff from various departments including Libraries, Digital Services, Customer Service and Student Experience worked extremely hard to enable the distribution process. This involved students attending libraries for collection as well as staff delivering Chromebooks to community groups such as Step In, Step Up, Princes Trust and Springboard.
Kris Getchell, Chief Information Officer had this to say about the success of the application.
“The College’s involvement in the Connecting Scotland programme has been highly successful, with over 300 students taking ownership of their own Chromebook. By focusing on specific target groups, the Connecting Scotland programme has enabled the College to provide tailored support for learners of different backgrounds and experiences, significantly reducing the level of digital exclusion faced by College learners.”
Students were extremely grateful in receiving their devices. One recipient said, “This will help me to get more qualifications, working from home and at college. I hope this helps me to get a job.” Another student made our day with her comment; “I am really overjoyed that I have been given this opportunity to be given this Chromebook. Learning is going to be so much easier. The world is my oyster... thank you!”
Fife College would like to extend their thanks to all staff involved in undertaking the project which has empowered over 300 students by providing them with devices and enabling them to undertake their studies with enhanced digital connectivity.