Lloyds Banking Group is backing a scheme to improve the digital skills of thousands of people in the UK. The Bank of Scotland owner announced that they will be supporting 100 community centres across the country, ten of which are in Scotland, by partnering them with local staff for face-to-face training.
Lloyds will be partnering with digital exclusion charity Good Things Foundation to provide online skills support for both Lloyds banking customers, and individuals who want to improve their digital and financial literacy.
Philip Grant, Lloyd’s ambassador for Scotland, said: “Being able to support local communities in Scotland with essential digital skills is critical to drive social mobility.
“I’m delighted that we are growing our partnership with Good Things Foundation to support the online centres, which will make a huge difference to people by allowing them to develop their digital skills, in their local area, in a way which best suits their needs.”
Helen Milner, Chief Executive of Good Things Foundation said: “We’re delighted to be working with Lloyds Banking Group to support 100 of our Online Centres to help learners to improve their digital skills in order to better manage their money online.
“Working with Lloyds Banking Group means we can extend our impact and reach even more people, and we hope that relationships built between Online Centres and Lloyds Banking Group branches will support people for many years to come.”
The ten Scottish Online Centres will be located in: Castle Douglas, Cowdenbeath, Dumfries, Edinburgh, Inverness (two), Kirkwall, Melrose, Motherwell, and Stranraer.
New research published by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations earlier this month found that nearly a quarter of Scottish adults lack the basic digital skills needed to realise the full social and economic potential of the internet. A further 2 out of 10 Scots adults do not use the internet on a daily basis, and are at risk of being left behind through digital exclusion.