Getting the community back on its feet

Published: Aug 28th, 2013 | Author: Laura Simpson

In North West Sutherland, BT, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High Life Highland,  and Citizens Online are working together to deliver the Get IT Together Programme, a community development approach to digital inclusion, helping people across the area to benefit from gaining on line skills.

In April 2013 freezer production firm, Icetech, went into administration leading the sudden redundancies of around 70 staff in Sutherland. Citizens Online was one of a large group of local and national organisations who stepped in to offer the staff support.

Many of the staff were trained in manual work and were not confident using IT and the internet. Citizens Online, in partnership with Ormlie Community Association set up basic level classes specifically for the redundant staff. The classes have been going well with confidence growing amongst the learners

An Open College of the Arts tutor commented, “from our weekly job club we could see the need for a basic internet skills class, Citizens Online have provided the funding to allow us to deliver a class specific to the redundant staff needs which has meant we have been really quick to react to the situation and help learners immediately.”

Get IT Together in North West Sutherland is supported by BT’s Connected Society programme, BT’s commitment to help people right around the world gain the skills and confidence they need to join the online community and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and High Life Highland.

For further information or to book a place on a course in North West Sutherland, please contact:

Irene Warner-Mackintosh, Get IT Together – North West Sutherland, Project Coordinator


Telephone:  07785 462 010


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