We’re celebrating! Since January 2011, the programme has gained a UK Adult Learners’ Award, has been recognised for its contribution to UK digital inclusion, and last but not least, has exceeded its target for registered DOTs. What is more, the registrations keep on coming in as we push out into new community and workplace settings. We’ve also been expanding our European partner activity, working closely with NIACE and our partner ESF project DAIN.
This issue focuses on the significant progress we have made in training and accrediting the first DOTs and working with our transnational partners in MALTA. You can see initial results from the evaluation work by NIACE and meet our new researcher, Julie Ellis, who will be helping to take the DOTs approach into many more settings. You will notice that we have been spreading the word at a range of events, including in Berlin. Last but not least, the project has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
Read on to find out how many DOTs have signed up and to meet a Digital Outreach Trainee who tells us why he joined the scheme. Following the recent launch of the Race Online 2012 Manifesto, we also report on the national picture and how the government plans to tackle digital exclusion. Finally, we take a look at the project’s innovative Fast Forward learning content.
This issue gives us the opportunity to tell you about parts of the project that will be of particular interest to practitioners involved in digital skills and inclusion. We’ve provided a snapshot of each MITP-JtD delivery partner and we have addressed key questions, such as ‘What is a DOT?’ and ‘Why is this a transnational project?’.
Thanks to ESF funding, this project is a key component in our mission to create an e-confident and digitally engaged community in South Yorkshire. Future newsletters will share emerging practice and showcase our experiences as we progress towards this goal.