Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Scheme will boost internet skills

Unemployed, elderly and disabled people will be trained in simple online transactions as part of a scheme to boost internet skills

The Government is making 1.6 million euro available to boost internet skills among the unemployed, elderly and those with disabilities.

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte said the scheme will allow those least likely to use the web on their own to be trained in simple online transactions and email.

"This scheme will enable thousands of people throughout Ireland - people otherwise likely to be left behind in the knowledge society - to acquire the basic practical know-how to improve their digital skills," Mr Rabbitte said.

"In particular this will help older people, those with disabilities, the unemployed and other key target groups."

Mr Rabbitte said 1.6 million euro is being set aside this year under the BenefIT 3 Grant scheme, which will help provide internet training to 30,000 people.

It builds on the previous BenefIT schemes under which around 40,000 people received training.

Mr Rabbitte unveils details of the scheme at the launch of Age Action Ireland's new computer training facility in Lower Abbey Street, Dublin.

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