PATH Yorkshire, a not-for-profit employment and skills organisation, joined the 100% Digital Leeds Tablet Lending Scheme and borrowed iPads to improve the digital skills of their community-based trainees and learners.
157 PATH trainees/learners used the iPads to learn about online browsing, creating and sending emails, and finding work online which has helped their progress in developing digital and English skills, gaining employment or volunteering opportunities, and improving overall levels of confidence and integration.
Some learners do not have internet access at home and many lack essential digital skills. As a registered UK Online Centre, PATH held Digital Thursdays in Leeds to support their trainees on work placements and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners to register and study free online courses on Learn My Way, from basic computer skills to understanding the NHS and local council services. They also allowed learners to take iPads home to practice if they didn’t have any equipment.
“Very helpful. I want to learn more.” – Mariam, Afghan Education Centre, Harehills
“I learned iPad in the centre. Elliot said I can also learn in my home. I learned and feel more confident now.” – Ali, One Community Centre, Lincoln Green
“Did not have a chance to learn computer before. I’m so happy to have a chance now.” – Bo, Chinese Community Centre, City Centre
In partnership with Leeds City Council’s 100% Digital Leeds team and Good Things Foundation, PATH was able to train 20 Volunteers as Digital Champions who are now actively training local community members through PATH’s community projects in 16 venues across Leeds.
“I finished my training as a Digital Champion at PATH. Now, I help migrants in Leeds to look for jobs online. They could not believe how many job sites they can see online and it helps to make job applications easier.” – Hussein, Reginald Centre, Chapeltown
“I joined the Digital Champion training by 100% Digital Leeds and PATH. It helped me to see how easy it is and liked the idea of helping other people. Now, I work with a community centre and teach people how to use the internet. Thank you.” – Sienna, Woodhouse Community Centre
Jessica Thompson, Project Manager at PATH Yorkshire, commented:
“Our teams at PATH Yorkshire are very grateful to 100% Digital Leeds and Good Things Foundation for making this scheme a possibility and for all the help and support our trainees, learners, volunteers and staff received. Being a part of the 100% Digital Leeds movement has brought so many great opportunities for our organisation and as we continue to support the movement, we hope that other organisations will join too.”