Consulting firm CGI has decided to partner up with Cre8te Opportunities and fund its Use IT programme, part of the Digital Skills Academy, set up to support the facility of online skills training for unemployed and socially isolated people living in Edinburgh.
Cre8te Opportunities is an in 1990 established local enterprise agency and social enterprise that aims at building strong, sustainable communities in regeneration areas of Edinburgh and across Scotland. The organisation does so by helping both residents and businesses to boost their potential and contribute to the local economy. One initiative of Cre8te is its Digital Skills Academy through which it gives online training to unemployed and socially isolated people living in Edinburgh to reduce the digital skills gap and to help them with job applications and into work.
As part of its support for local communities across Scotland, consulting firm CGI is partnering up with Cre8te and funding its Use IT programme, part of the Digital Skills Academy.
Commenting on the partnership, Tim Gregory, President CGI UK, says: “CGI is very keen to support local communities as part of our corporate social responsibility programme and Cre8te is an excellent example of a social enterprise that has a real impact on the community in Edinburgh. [..] Over 1000 people have successfully passed through the doors of Cre8te’s Digital Skills Academy, who are now equipped with more than just a basic level of computer literacy. This will assist them in applying for jobs, finding out what’s going on in their local area or to keep in touch online with family and friends. And of course, these IT skills will also prove useful in the workplace.”
Neil Scott, Chief Executive of Cre8te Opportunities, adds: “The support from CGI will go a long way to ensure that people currently living in digital isolation have the chance to become equipped with the right skills to increase their own life opportunities.”