Digital Connectivity has become a central means of communication during the Coronavirus pandemic. Below you will find resources which help improve essential digital skills as well as links to sites which provide online career advice and information.
Citizens Advice Scotland had a dedicated section on Coronavirus on their website with tips and advice on a range of topics including benefits, help with bills and employment rights.
The Connecting Scotland initiative aims to get 30,000 digitally excluded households online in 2020. It is a Scottish Government programme set up in reponse to coronavirus. It provides equipment such as iPads and Chromebooks as well as support to develop digital skills.
The Good Things Foundation has established an online Coronavirus Support Centre to help organisations like libraries through the coming months. Here you can find webinars for staff, support for learners and advice on funding - all to help organisations navigate digital isolation and challenges during this time.
Their Learn My Way platform is also available and provides a safe and easy route for people to build up their essential digital skills.
People whose work or learning has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can access support through enhanced career and employment services.
National skills agency Skills Development Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities, has developed services for individuals in a range of circumstances, including furloughed workers and those looking for employment.
School pupils and their parents and carers can also access a wide range of support as they consider their options, whether staying on or preparing to leave school.
A wealth of information and advice can be accessed through Scotland’s national online service My World of Work, including a range of learning courses and immediately available jobs. There is also support with developing your CV, skills tools, applying for jobs and links to local support as a wide range of services are provided by local authorities to help people progress towards Fair Work. SDS also offers direct access to free one-to-one career support with expert advisors over the phone.
SCVO are coordinating the effort to mobilise a national digital emergency response team to support those who currently have a lack of access to internet and digital skills during social isolation.
We would recommend all services join their Slack channel for the most up-to-date advice on digital isolation in Scotland. You can request to join by emailing the SCVO team at firstname.lastname@example.org