Virgin Media business is hitting the road with its Big Digital Skills Hub to encourage small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to share ideas and learn new digital skills.
The Hub is a free digital learning platform designed for businesses to discuss challenges and workarounds, such as how to attract more customers through online channels or how to use technology to work more efficiently.
Virgin Media Business launched the Hub in September after a survey it conducted revealed that over a quarter of SMEs identified digital skills training, web development and technology as essential to their future.
According to Mike Smith, director, SMB, at Virgin Media Business, SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK’s economy and technology.
“The Big Digital Skills Hub and roadshow have been launched to help UK businesses cross the digital divide by providing them with the right skills to help them achieve their ambitions faster,” he said.
The big digital skills hub tour
Glasgow: Tuesday 14 October, 6.30pm, Mayhill Burgh Halls in the Main Hall
Manchester: Wednesday 15 October, 6.30pm, St Thomas' Community Centre and Hall
Newcastle: Thursday 16 October, 6.30pm, Black Swan Bar and Venue
Birmingham: Tuesday 21 October, 6.30pm, The Custard Factory
Cardiff: Wednesday 22 October, 6.30pm, The Gate
“Our research has found that there is potential revenue of £3.8bn that remains untapped from SMEs not fully utilising the technology available to them.
“With initiatives such as this tour we aim to increase the number of businesses able to take advantage of digital and position themselves as leaders within their respective industries,” said Smith.
Capita to help pupils learn computer programming skills
In further news, Capita Managed IT Solutions is providing school teachers and pupils with Computing Programming Environment (CPE) software to encourage more students to learn programming skills.
The programming tools aim to introduce computational thinking, coding and algorithms to the new computing curriculum.
Schools in Northern Ireland are among the first to try the software. The service has been developed as part of the C2K schools ICT service provided to every school in Northern Ireland.
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The tools and applications are accessed via Capita’s virtual desktop My School portal. The development applications available are Alice, Blue J and Python.
Ed Brown, managing director of Capita Managed IT Solutions, said the software provides students with the opportunity to learn skills to help them write programs for computer games or design their own smartphone apps.
“CPE gives schools access to major applications used in the software development industry. Access is provided through individual computers in a secure, managed environment, allowing the freedom to edit, compile and run programs safe in the knowledge that the school’s local infrastructure is completely isolated,” he added.