SQA supports Get Online Week 2017

It’s Get Online Week 2017, and SQA is encouraging its centres, customers, and candidates to back the campaign and #Try1Thing.

Get Online Week is the UK’s biggest digital inclusion campaign, and wants everyone to #Try1Thing, and use the internet to do just one thing they would normally do in a shop or bank, in a doctor’s or chemist, or even over the phone.

SQA has produced a series of free-to-use digital guides that support learners taking their first steps, and develop the skills and confidence they need to make the most of the opportunities available to them online.

Hilary Weir, Digital Literacy and Enhancement Manager at SQA, said: “As a signatory of the Scottish Government’s Digital Participation Charter, SQA has made a commitment to upskilling members of our community who face significant barriers when it comes to getting the social and economic benefits of being online and engaging with digital technology. We wanted to support those learners who were keen to get a first foot on the ladder, and help them with that initial step in getting themselves online.

“We noticed there was a gap in the provision for people who had zero skills, so we developed a series of free to use digital guides that covered the absolute basics; literally turning a computer on, explaining what a mouse and keyboard does, and learning how to use a web-browser. SQA staff volunteered to deliver these courses to members of the Wheatley Group’s neighbourhood environmental team, and over time we got them confident enough to make online purchases, upload CVs to apply for jobs, and get in touch with friends and family through social media.”

“It's important SQA to fully support our whole community, not just those who are already engaged with digital technology. By making our guides freely available to everyone, we’re giving everyone the chance to develop their skills and get connected.”

Emma Campos, Qualifications Officer with SQA’s Computing Team, said “SQA also offers a number of qualifications and awards that promote positive online behaviour.  Our Internet Safety Award, is a great example of an introductory qualification that beginners can use to familiarise themselves with the principles of online safety. It covers topics including cyber bullying, identity theft, and ransomware or malware, and allows learners to develop the skills they need to protect themselves. We also offer it to school pupils as part of their work experience placement with us.”

Get Online Week Runs until Sunday 08 October.