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Free IT training extended to help more people get online


A series of free IT courses for beginners has been launched at new locations in Gloucestershire.


The training is run in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council’s Fastershire project and Adult Education in Gloucestershire and will now being offered at Prestbury, Chipping Campden, Newent and Nailsworth Library.

The aim is to help reduce digital exclusion and ensure that more people have the confidence to use the internet.

Natasha Panchbhaya, Adult Education Delivery Manager, said, “The joint work between Adult Education in Gloucestershire and the Fastershire project has been a great success and in the last few months alone we have supported over 100 learners to gain new skills and learn about online safety, which seems to be a key development area for a lot of our learners.”

Fastershire is a partnership between Gloucestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council to bring faster broadband to the two counties.

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, said, “We’ve been delighted by the success of these courses so it made sense to offer this programme in more areas. We often hear how keen some people are to be able Skype or FaceTime with family or benefit from what the internet has to offer but say how they feel nervous or intimated. It’s amazing how quickly that can change after just a little bit of support and training."

Over 95 percent of Gloucestershire homes and businesses can access superfast broadband and speeds of 30mpbs or above and this is set to increase to over 97 percent by 2022.

To book a place or for more information, please contact Adult Education on 0800 542 1655 or visit


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