Swindon & Wiltshire Institute of Technology partners with Nationwide to deliver free digital courses

By Jessica Durston - 25 May 2023

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Nationwide has partnered with Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology to deliver a suite of free digital skills courses to help close the local and national digital skills gaps.

After conducting extensive research with employers and the local community, the team at the Swindon Institute of Technology, identified a clear need for courses focusing on digital skills.

These courses aim to help people prepare for the workplace, and for local employers to give their employees the opportunity to upskill.

The free courses cover areas such as Digital Skills for Beginners, Basic Microsoft Applications and Staying Safe Online. The first learners on these courses graduated recently and were presented with their certificates.

The courses are all taught face to face at the brand-new Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology - based at New College - where learners have access to a range of IT facilities. The team from Nationwide recently ran a workshop at the IoT on Staying Safe Online which helped learners to understand the challenges around scams and online banking.

Darran Marks, Managing Director of the Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology, said: "We are extremely grateful to Nationwide for sponsoring these courses that enable anyone in our local community to come in, upskill and meet like-minded people.

"We have deliberately tailored the courses to address the skills gaps we are seeing in the local workforce and we are overjoyed at the commitment and outcomes for our graduates."

Mark Bates, Early Careers Manager at Nationwide, said: "As one of the anchor employers linked to the Swindon and Wiltshire IoT it has been a real pleasure to sponsor this ongoing suite of essential digital courses.

"As a mutual building society, it is important that we support our local community, whether it be through digital or financial education. The students I met in the Staying Safe Online session were engaged, knowledgeable and a testament to the quality of training provided over the rest of the course by the team at the IoT."

Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology is a state-of-the-art training facility, delivering high quality, higher level technical education and training.

To find out more, members of the public can go online to www.sawoit.ac.uk.

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