With just a few days left to vote for the winners of this year’s Digital Leaders 100, we wanted to let you know more about the 100 nominees who have made it onto the list across all ten categories. Today we cover Best Digital Skills Product or Service.
The award is specifically designed to recognise an organisation from any sector that has, in the last 12 months, provided an education service or product that has had a transformational impact on digital skills in the UK.
The ten finalists for Best Digital Skills Product or Service are:
Arch is the leading provider in IT and Digital apprenticeships. It delivers training to existing staff or helps recruit young talent into businesses. Over 500 people and 200 employers are enjoying the benefits, including Google, Facebook, The Guardian and Barclays. 94% of apprentices go into full time employment on completion of their apprenticeship.
Bigga Fish is a social enterprise which provides a performance platform for young creatives and is also an educator in events and marketing management for 14 to 25 year olds. Bigga Fish strives to continuously provide high-quality performance and work opportunities to young creatives through events, workshops, training and development.
CITY & GUILDS ICT BASIC ONLINE COURSES FOR TENANTS, LINK GROUP
Link, a Scottish Registered Social Landlord, provided the chance for 40 Link tenants, as well as some from partner housing associations, to attend a 13 week computer course which covered basic computer skills such as setting up email accounts, online safety and shopping, using Skype and indentifying digital champions. The course was delivered by Be Inspired and was set up to tackle digital inclusion, employability and financial capability.
Code Club is a not-for-profit organisation who believes that all children should have the opportunity to learn to code. Code Club runs after-school coding clubs and training for teachers, and shares its materials with the rest of the world. Till date over 30,000 children learned how to code in the UK at free after-school Code Clubs.
DIGILIT LEICESTER, LEICESTER CITY COUNCIL
The DigiLit Leicester project supports secondary school teaching staff in developing their digital literacy knowledge, skills and practice, and their effective use of digital tools, environments and approaches in their work with learners.
DIGITAL ACADEMY PROGRAMME, KAINOS
Kainos believes in nurturing digital skills in young people, and is committed to developing the next generation of software engineering talent. Kainos promotes digital and IT education through innovative, successful schemes such as AppCamp & CodeCamp, giving young people the knowledge to create apps for mobile devices.
Fluency is a free digital skills training platform; it believes that digital skills are job skills and that every person, no matter what their background or age, has the potential to be digitally fluent and take their place in the economy. From search engine optimisation to LinkedIn, Fluency teaches people essential employability skills in bite-sized courses.
LINCOLNSHIRE TECHNOLOGY HUBS, LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
The five Lincolnshire Technology Hubs aim to stimulate demand for superfast broadband. They seek to raise awareness of how new technologies can help expand and sustain businesses, reducing digital exclusion in disadvantaged areas. Each hub has specialist slant and different host context.
MOZILLA WEBMAKER, MOZILLA
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organisation that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. Mozilla supports web literacy around the globe through a number of initiatives, including learning networks and educational events on six continents; the Webmaker app, which allows first-time web users to easily create online; and fierce advocacy.
UK BUSINESS DIGITAL INDEX, LLOYDS BANK
UK Business Digital Index is the UK’s first and only measure of Basic Digital Skills amongst small businesses and charities. Collaborating with Go ON UK and Accenture alongside other key partners, the Index helps educate, inform and drive action to transform digital skills for SMEs and charities.
You have until the end of May to select overall winners from 100 finalists across ten categories, including Best Digital Skills Product or Service.
Which product or service will win your vote? The results will be combined with the deliberations of an expert judging panel to determine the overall winners, culminating in a black-tie gala dinner on 25th June at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane in Central London.
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